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FGCU Falls 4-3 to Jacksonville University
Fort Myers, Fla. – After a late comeback, the FGCU women’s soccer team fell short to Jacksonville 4-3 Friday night at the FGCU Soccer Complex. Freshman Lindsay Haw (Palm City, Fla.) had a goal and an assist and freshman Kelly Sherriff (Coral Springs, Fla.) had two assists to lead the effort for the Eagles. With the lose, the Eagles move to 7-5 (3-2 A-Sun), while Jacksonville improved to 5-8 (3-2 A-Sun).
The Dolphins got on the board fast at 12:18 of the first half Emile Howland (Bradenton, Fla.) sent her shot from 40 yards out that went through the hands for freshman goalkeeper Kirsi Keenan (Boca Raton, Fla.) and into the net to give Jacksonville the early 1-0 lead.
The Eagles struck back when sophomore Amber McCall (Ft. Myers, Fla.) sent her shot from the top of the box past Dolphins goalkeeper Rebecca Stott (Tallahassee, Fla.) to tie the score 1-1. The play was set up nicely senior Jessica Zabel (Lake Mary, Fla.) who drove down the left side and crossed the ball to Haw who directed it to McCall for the goal.
Jacksonville went into halftime with a 2-1 lead after junior Keri Zwikker (Woodstock, Ontario) scored at 42:05.
The Dolphins built their lead to 3-1 when sophomore Krissy Toth (Brownsburg, Ind.) broke in alone and got her shot past Keenan early in the second half.
Down 3-1 the Eagles didn’t quit and kept the pressure on and at 25:19 freshmen Kathleen Hunter (Saftey Harbor, Fla.) deflected her shot off a corner kick by Sherriff to cut the Dolphins lead down to one.
Kelly Sherriff was in the act again as she put Lindsay Haw in alone with a perfect pass that Haw buried into the back of the net to tie the score 3-3.
With 5 minutes remaining the Dolphins were able to get the go ahead and eventual game winner from Keri Zwikker who recorded her second goal of the night.
“We played well, yet the mistakes we made were costly to us tonight,” said Head Coach Jim Blanenship. “We were relentless and we never gave up.”
The difference in the game was Jacksonville’s four goals on four shots, while the Eagles managed twelve shots and three goals.
The Eagles will be back action October 12th when they travel to Jacksonville to face North Florida.