Jansson Provides the Spark, Sammons Ignites the Offense in 4-1 Win at Pfeiffer
MISENHEIMER, NC – The first half of the season was relatively quiet for Hanna Jansson, but Sunday afternoon at Pfeiffer the senior midfielder made enough noise to wake up the neighbors. Jansson’s passing and shooting staked the Moccasins to a 2-1 halftime lead, and Morgan Sammons scored two goals to lead Florida Southern to a 4-1 win over Pfeiffer.
For the first 25 minutes, shots were few and far between, with the Moccasins (7-3-1) taking three and the Falcons (5-7) taking one. None of them were especially threatening, but that changed in the 30th minute when the Mocs had a shot by Alex Hoover blocked near the top of the box and another by Adi Alvarado saved by goalkeeper Jamie Alcala. Then, in the 32nd minute, Jansson helped the Mocs break through for the first goal of the day.
After receiving a pass from Hoover on the right flank, Jansson drove toward the goal before sending a cross in the direction of Sammons on the far side of the box. Sammons swept in on the opposite side and slammed the ball home in front of the left post for her second goal of the season.
Neither Jansson nor Sammons were finished, though the Falcons were first able to tie the score less than three minutes after the Mocs had taken their initial lead. Alyssa Wombwell scored the goal for Pfeiffer, launching a shot from 20 yards out that carried into the upper left corner of the net.
Just as Pfeiffer didn’t wait long to tie the game at one, Florida Southern came right back in even less time to re-claim the lead, again courtesy of Jansson. In the 37th minute, after Holly Bennett got her the ball in the middle of the field, Jansson struck a bouncing ball into the net from 25 yards out for her first goal of 2011. That one gave the Moccasins a lead they’d never relinquish.
Just over three minutes into the second half, Sammons notched her second goal of the match after taking a short pass from Kara Moore near the top of the box. She slotted her shot just inside the left post for her third career multi-goal game, and first since scoring twice in a 3-0 win over Tampa in 2009.
Moore finished the scoring for Florida Southern with an unassisted goal in the 67th minute after gaining control in the attacking third and firing a quick shot into the upper left corner for goal number four on the season.
The Moccasins could have done even more damage if not for the play of Alcala, who made 10 saves, and later prevented at least one other goal by Hoover with a tough stop on an uncontested shot. Jansson and Sammons nearly hooked up for another goal too, but defender Alex Cook cut off a cross inside the box, to prevent Jansson from taking the shot. Auburn Cherry had a couple of close calls as well, but the Falcons again dodged them.
Florida Southern out-shot Pfeiffer 23-9, with most of the Falcon shots coming from outside the box. Martina Tangen Billing and Erin Moseley each played one half, and each had to make only one save.
Florida Southern will be off until Friday night when it returns to Sunshine State Conference play with a 7:00 p.m. match at the University of Tampa.