Brown's Goal Beats Barry in Overtime
LAKELAND – Kerri-Ann Brown helped give Princess Haley two penalty kick goals during regulation time, then helped Florida Southern get the win in overtime. Brown’s goal midway through the first sudden death period sent the Moccasins to a 3-2 win over Barry that kept them in a first-place tie with Rollins and Florida Tech at the top of the Sunshine State Conference standings.
Brown’s game-winning goal came with 5:55 remaining in the first overtime period, and it was the second shot taken by the Mocs during the extra period. Receiving the ball from Emily Griffith on the right side of the box, Brown positioned herself for a shot across the goal and into the far side of the net for the Mocs’ second overtime win of the season.
The game had a strange beginning as a total of three penalty kicks were awarded in the first half and all three turned into goals, leading to a 2-2 tie at halftime, a score that held up all the way to the end of regulation. The only one of those goals not scored as a result of a PK came from Barry in the 18th minute when Melissa Madrid scored on a running header off a long cross from Lainie Ferring.
Barry’s 1-0 lead didn’t last very long. A little over five minutes later, Brown was fouled inside the box to draw the Mocs’ first penalty kick of the night and Haley converted to tie the game at one. They had Lexie Bottomley to thank, who sent the ball back into the box after the Bucs had initially cleared a corner kick.
As if that wasn’t enough, it happened again in the 44th minute. This time it was during a corner kick and Haley again drove the penalty kick home to give the Mocs a 2-1 advantage. It marked the first time in team history a player scored on two penalty kicks in the same game. That goal also allowed her to tie the school’s career record of 29 goals, set by Joanie DeHaven from 2001-04.
That lead lasted even less time than Barry’s had after the first goal of the night. With 15 seconds on the clock, it was Florida Southern that was whistled for a foul inside the box, and Barry that was awarded a penalty kick. It was taken by Michelle Tarasiuk who went to her left with the shot, only to have it saved by goalkeeper Martina Tangen Billing. It didn’t matter though, as Tarasiuk was able to pounce on the loose ball and punch it in the net anyway, tying the game at two only a few seconds before halftime.
Florida Southern (7-5, 3-1) seemed to control most of the second half but was unable to score while out-shooting the Bucs, 14-3. Barry goalkeeper Emily Pratt saved four of those shots, including one by Morgan Sammons in the 79th minute that was headed into the upper reaches of the net. It came after Brown got Sammons the ball near the top of the box, setting up a shot that Pratt went airborne to deflect. Alex Hoover then sent a strong corner kick into the box that appeared to hit the crossbar before Barry (2-8, 0-2) cleared it.
The Mocs then had two good chances in the final three minutes, but defender Niki Day headed out a dangerous corner kick by Jackie Bachteler, and Pratt was able to grab a free kick by Hoover with 10 seconds on the clock before another Moccasin could play it.
That preserved the 2-2 tie and allowed the Mocs to win their second overtime game of the season. Their first came against Franklin Pierce, giving FSC wins against what have traditionally been the top two programs in the country. Barry’s 18 trips to the NCAA Tournament are the most for any Division II school, while Franklin Pierce has qualified for the NCAA playoffs 17 times. Barry has also won three national titles, which is second to the five won by Franklin Pierce.
Florida Southern’s next game will come against another former national champion, the University of Tampa. The Moccasins and Spartans will meet in Tampa on Friday night at 5:00 p.m.