Fort Myers, Fla. – The FGCU Women’s soccer team hopes to return to its winning ways, after suffering two losses last weekend. The Eagles (4-2) will host Murray State (3-4) on Sept. 23 at 11:00 a.m.
On Sept. 15, the Eagles were defeated for the first time against St. Thomas Bobcats in a 0-1 loss. St. Thomas got on the board first in the 38th minute of the game when Sandra Vargas scored a goal with a cross from the right side. At 8:21, Lindsay Haw (Palm City, Fla.) sent a pass from the left wing to Courtney Eppleman (Ft. Myers, Fla.) where she was wide open but was unfortunately offsides. The first period ended with St. Thomas taking a slight 1-0 edge going into halftime. FGCU outshot St. Thomas 5-2 and took the only three corner kicks of the first half.
The second half was mostly dominated by FGCU’s offense. The team had an amazing 13 shots at goal, but just could not get the ball inside.
St. Thomas’ keeper Lea Jones tallied ten saves, while FGCU’s Emily Barrett had only four saves. The Eagles outshot St. Thomas 18-5 and won the corner kick battle 5-1.
On Sept. 16, FGCU took on the Toledo Rockets. Missed opportunities and a key injury highlighted the FGCU Women’s Soccer Team 1-0 loss to Toledo at the FGCU Soccer Field.
The Eagles started off the game with lots of energy and momentum and got an early chance when freshman Lindsay Haw (Palm City, Fla.) got a look in the middle of the box, but couldn’t get the shot off. The Eagles missed yet another opportunity at 33:16 of the first half when freshman Michelle Kuhnen (Eau Claire, Wis.) sent her shot over the net.
The lone goal of the match came at 12:27 of the first half after a Toledo corner kick, freshman Brittany Hensler (Strongsville, Oh.) got her shot past FGCU goalie Emily Barrett (Chico, Cal.). Barrett suffered an injury on the play and was carted of the field after a 40 minute delay. Barrett was replaced by Kirsi Keenan who played well, making one save.
The Eagles had another chance to score at the end of the first half when sophomore Amber McCall (Fort Myers, Fla.) sailed a free kick just wide of the net.
The Eagles kept the pressure on Toledo in the second half and at 25:39 freshman Kathleen Hunter (Safety Harbor, Fla.) took a header off of a corner kick that just missed the net. The biggest chance of the game came at 5:16 when McCall broke through the defense but sent her shot just wide right of the net. The Eagles were unable to capitalize and dropped a 1-0 decision to Toledo.
Scouting Murray State
The Murray State women’s soccer squad (3-4) dropped a 2-1 decision to the Evansville Aces on Sept. 18.
The Racers fell behind early when the Aces scored in the 10th and 21st minutes to take a 2-0 lead.
MSU scored in the 67th minute when Jen Peios set up Rebekah clay on a shot from 10 yards right of the goal.
The Racers had several chances to draw even but could not get the equalizer even though they dominated play in the second half and out shot Evansville 8-4 for the half. MSU had a 17-9 advantage in shots for the game.
The Racers were up against a veteran Evansville team that has given only two goals over their last four matches.
Clay leads the Racers with four goals this season.
Tessa Williams and Tara Isbell split the game each covering the goal keeping duties for a half.