FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University womens soccer team finished the 2008 season in a winning fashion with a 2-1 victory over Stetson at the FGCU Soccer Complex on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Casey Lademann (Flagler Beach, Fla.) scored her first collegiate game-winner as the Eagles improved their record to 10-4-3 (5-2-3 A-Sun) and the Hatters fell to 7-9-2 (5-5-0 A-Sun).
“I was very pleased that we created a number of very good scoring opportunities today,” said head coach Jim Blankenship. “We played with good intensity for all 90 minutes.”
The Eagles took the lead just two minutes before the half. Freshman Stacey Payne (Coral Springs, Fla.) sent a great ball from the top right side of the box to Jeannel Huffman (Clearwater, Fla.) in the middle of the box and Huffman put it the right past the Hatters goalkeeper to give the Eagles the 1-0 lead heading into the half.
After the first half, the Eagles held the advantage in shots 3-2, and corners 1-0.
The Eagles would extend the lead in the 70th minute as Lindsay Haw recorded her ninth assist, and Casey Lademann scored her six goal in her young career. Haw split some Hatter defenders and gave the ball up just in time to find Lademann near the middle of the box who then delivered the equalizer.
15 minutes later the Hatters would get one of their own as Alexis Hermosa (Orlando, Fla.) put one past Eagles goalkeeper Kirsi Keenan (Boca Raton, Fla.), and Tessa Gavilsky (Granite City, Ill.) recorded the assist.
In the match, the Eagles outshot the Hatters 18-4, and held the advantage in corners, 7-2.
“Ten wins in only our second year is something to proud of,” said head coach Jim Blankenship.”We really came together and played well all year. There were a couple of games that we would like to have back, but all in all I was very pleased with our performance this year.”