DELAND, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast University women’s soccer team bounced back from a tough defeat at home on Saturday afternoon to get a big 2-1 win on the road at Stetson Monday night. Senior Amber McCall led the way for the Eagles as she netted her fifth goal of the season.
With the win, the Eagles improve their record to 8-4-1 (3-1 A-Sun) and sit second in the A-Sun alongside Jacksonville and Kennesaw State. The Hatters fall to 6-6-0 (2-2-0 A-Sun) and are tied for fifth in the A-Sun.
“It was a great bounce back game,” said head coach Jim Blankenship. “We played very well and stepped up defensively to preserve the win.”
Amber McCall (Fort Myers, Fla.) got FGCU on the board within the opening nine minutes of the game as she got an open look at the goal ten-yards out. Her shot deflected off a Hatters defender and found its way into the net.
Just over 10 minutes into the second half FGCU added another goal thanks to a Hatter defender. Lindsay Haw’s (Palm City, Fla.) shot was knocked in after Elise Ketcham clearing attempt went into their own goal to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
Stetson added a goal in the 67th minute as Tessa Gavilsky dribbled around a couple FGCU defenders and found the net to bring the Hatters within one.
Not willing to settle, the Hatters put up five shots in the last ten minutes of play. Sophomore goalkeeper Stephanie Powers (Seffner, Fla.) was able to come up with a big save on a header by Katie Bitetto with 31 seconds remaining in the match to secure the FGCU win.
Powers earned the win in for the Eagles as she stopped seven of the eight Stetson shots on goal. Tessa Gavilsky shinned for the Hatters as she recorded a goal and collected eight shots.
As a team, Stetson recorded a staggering 21 shots compared to the Eagles nine shots.
The Eagles land back at home this Friday night at 5 p.m. with an A-Sun match up against Jacksonville.