Trip to Texas Kicks Off with Stunning End to Overtime
ABILENE, TEXAS – The Moccasins had tried it a few times before, and Ben Strawbridge figured if they tried it enough times, it would eventually work. Saturday it did, as Adi Alvarado scored directly off the overtime kickoff, giving #12 Florida Southern a 3-2 win over Abilene Christian.
Alvarado made sure the Wildcats never got possession in overtime by sending the kickoff all the way downfield where it landed in the box, crossed up goalkeeper Elliott London and bounced past her into the net. It took a total of seven seconds from the time the ball was first touched to the time the final whistle sounded. It was the fastest overtime goal ever scored by Florida Southern. Joanie DeHaven needed 18 seconds to score in a 2001 victory over Bryant.
The Moccasins (5-0-1) needed a late goal from Jessica Giblin just to reach overtime. The freshman tied the game at two in the 84th minute with help from Jackie Bachteler.
Florida Southern also scored the first goal of the match when Princess Haley picked up her fifth goal of the season at the 5:47 mark. Bachteler was involved in that play too, as was Alvarado.
Abilene Christian (4-1) took a 2-1 lead before halftime however, when Andrea Carpenter scored in the 20th minute, and Ashley Holton scored in the 31st on a corner kick.
“We probably should have been down by at least two goals at halftime,” said Strawbridge. “We saved a couple of shots off the line though and battled through it. Abilene Christian was very effective with what they were doing and it caused us some problems.”
The Wildcats out-shot the Moccasins 9-3 in the first half, but in the second half, the Mocs held the edge at 6-1. The Mocs did that too after losing center back Morgan Sammons in the 57th minute, but Anna Ott came on and helped Florida Southern take control of the game.
The Wildcats’ only shot in the second half came from Carpenter in the 64th minute.
“We really settled down in the second half,” said Strawbridge. “I think after Morgan got hurt we picked up the intensity, and when we got the goal a little bit later we just rode that emotion.”
Florida Southern, which is off to its best start in team history, will finish its 2-game trip to Texas on Sunday against Texas A&M-Commerce. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:00 central time.