FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University womens soccer team wraps up the 2008 season against A-Sun foe Stetson on Saturday at 5:00pm.
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Stetson – 2nd Meeting: Stetson leads 1-0
Last Time Out for Stetson: 10/26/08 vs. USC Upstate
Spartanburg, S.C. – Freshman Crossley Simmons (Winfield, Ill.) scored the game-winning goal for the Hatters (7-8-2, 5-4-0) who came back for a 2-1 win over USC Upstate (3-14-0, 1-9-0) Sunday in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Coming into the weekend Stetson needed a win to secure a spot in the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship Tournament. As it turned out, Campbell’s loss to Mercer Saturday night sealed the deal for the Hatters who will be among the top six teams playing November 5-8 in Kennesaw, Georgia. Stetson is now playing for momentum and as high a seed as possible.
The Spartans jumped out to the early lead with a goal by Caitlin Robinson at 16:14. Alyssa Roegner passed to Robinson on the right center of the field. Robinson jumped and took the shot in the air, lifting the ball over Stetson keeper Andrea Garavaglia (Webster Groves, Mo.) and into the back of the net.
The Upstate lead did not last long. Six minutes later Elise Ketcham (Deltona, Fla.) stole a clearing attempt and put a shot on goal that deflected off the crossbar and rebounded back to Katie Bitetto (Jacksonville, Fla.) who then delivered the equalizer. It was one of a number of opportunities for Bitetto who hustled her way into excellent position throughout the game.
Coming off a tough loss to ETSU on Friday, Stetson played like a team on a mission controlling the tempo of the game. After leading the Spartans 7-5 in shots in the first half, the Hatters dominated the second with a 10-2 advantage.
“I was very pleased that we created a number of very good scoring chances today,” said Head Coach Julie Orlowski. “We were very dangerous in the attacking end of the field.”
The result of Stetson’s relentless second half charge was a game-winning goal by Simmons. It started with a corner kick that ended up being battered around the box. Tessa Gavilsky (Granite City, Ill.) picked up the loose ball, knocked it towards the goal and Simmons deflected it home for her third goal of the season.
Upstate nearly tied the game in the 88th minute when Leigh Ward had an open shot at the goal. At the last second defender Alexis Hermosa (Orlando, Fla.) was there to make a sliding save and preserve the Hatter 2-1 lead.
“That ball was definitely going in,” said Orlowski. “Although the game shouldn’t have been that close, it was nice to see Alexis come through with a big play and pick up her teammates. We are looking forward to taking the momentum of this win into next Saturday’s game at Florida Gulf Coast and then into the conference tournament.
Last Meeting Between Stetson and FGCU: 11/03/07 FGCU 2, Stetson 3 OT
DELAND, Fla. – The FGCU Women’s soccer team ended their inaugural season with a loss to Stetson in overtime. Despite two goals by sophomore Amber McCall, the Hatters were able to pull off an overtime win. With the loss, the Eagles fall to (11-7, 7-4 A-Sun) and Stetson improved to (9-9-1, 7-5 A-Sun). With tonight’s 3-2 overtime win over the Eagles, Stetson women’s soccer team qualified for the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament.
Stetson opened up the scoring early with a goal in the fifth minute. Senior Julianne Turnbull (DeLand, Fla.) launched a corner kick into the box that was picked up by senior Jennifer Hays (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) who fed sophomore Emily Yero (Orlando, Fla.) for her fifth goal of the season.
The Eagles would even the score in the 27th minute, when sophomore Amber McCall (Fort Myers, Fla.) sent a shot from 30 yards out that just made it under the crossbar to tie the game at one. This marked McCall’s first of two goals on the evening and her ninth goal of the season.
Stetson fired back four minutes later when Freshman Tessa Gavilsky scored her 5th goal of the season. The goal was set up after a turnaround feed by junior Stephanie Webb (Portsmouth, England); her third assist of 2007.
Another four minutes later the Eagles tied up the score once again on an impressive header by Amber McCall for her second of the match, and tenth goal of the 2007 season. Stetson goalkeeper, freshman Andrea Garavaglia (Webster Groves, MO), never had a chance. That was all the scoring in regulation play as the second half was a defensive battle.
The scoring, however, was not complete. Just one minute and 48 seconds into overtime sophomore Emily Ware (St. Petersburg, FL) took a pass from Gavilsky and sent the ball into a group of players in the box. Senior forward Sarah Stock pounced on the ball and blasted the ball past a defenseless Kirsi Keenan (Boca Raton, Fla.) in the Eagles goal. The shot hit the back of the net and the Hatters celebrated their ticket to the tournament.