NAPLES, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University women's soccer team allowed three second half goals, falling to Murray State, 3-2, Sunday at North Collier Regional Park.
It was the third-straight loss for the Eagles (4-3) and the second-straight win for the Racers (5-4).
The Eagles came out firing in the first half in an aggressive battle. Sophomore Amber McCall (Fort Myers, Fla.) fired off a strong shot just two minutes in, but the shot sailed just high of the goal. McCall would have another chance in the 19th minute, but her shot missed just left of the goal.
The Racers threatened in the first period but freshman Kirsi Keenan (Boca Raton, Fla.) recorded four saves in her first start as an Eagle.
The Eagles got on the board first, in the 44th minute. Junior Courtney Eppleman (Fort Myers, Fla.) sent a pass that found freshman Caytlan MacKenzie (Calgary, Canada) at the top of the box for her third goal of the season.
The Eagles took the 1-0 into the break, and Keenan returned to the goal for the Eagles in the beginning of the second half. In a game that saw two yellow cards issued, FGCU's freshman Jessica Belmonte (Darien, Ill.) notched her first yellow card of the season in the 75th minute. Racer mid-fielder Katie Wilson (Fort Wayne, Ind.) also received a yellow card in the second half.
The Eagles would add to their lead in the 56th minute as freshman Michelle Kuhnen (Eau Claire, Wis.) sent a pass from mid-field that found freshman Lindsey Haw (Palm City, Fla.) who cut through a defender to score her sixth goal of the season.
The Racers capitalized on a penalty kick in the 74th minute; freshman Kathleen Hunter (Saftey Harbor, Fla.) fouled Renata Fiqueira at the top of the box. Fiqueira sent the penalty kick just passed Keenan to cut the Eagles lead down to one.
Just three minutes later, the Racers evened up the score at two on a pass by Lacey Latimer (Murray, Ken.) that found Kalli McCoy (Benton, Ken.) in front of the goal that tied the game 2-2.
With time winding down, Melisa Curry (Paducah, Ken.) sent a shot that hit the cross bar, and found its way in to give the Racers a 3-2 lead.
"It's definitely disappointing, we were inconsistent in the second half, and Murray State took advantage of that and managed to break through and score some goals," said Eagles head coach Jim Blakenship."We must bounce back, and learn from our mistakes.”
The Eagles will begin conference play as they travel to Macon, Georgia to face Mercer on September 28, 2007 at 7:00 pm.