Moccasins Battle Back, But Fall to #22 Columbus State, 2-1
COLUMBUS, GA – Forget the frying pan. New head coach Brittany Jones and Florida Southern jumped straight into the fire, and though they may have suffered an early burn, by the end of the night, the Moccasins were once again battling for a win. However, 22nd-ranked Columbus State was able to hold on for a 2-1 win in the season opener for both teams.
Jones was making her debut as the third head coach in program history, and it came against a team that’s made six straight NCAA postseason appearances, and won six Peach Belt Conference titles in the last seven years. The Cougars put the Mocs in an early hole when Kelsey Pelletier scored on a penalty kick just three minutes into the match, but the way Florida Southern came back after that had to be encouraging.
The Cougars would score again in the 27th minute on a goal by Stephanie Lowery, and had a 10-0 advantage in shots at halftime, but the second half belonged to Florida Southern.
The Moccasins got on the board in the 53rd minute when Kayla Wilhide took advantage of a misplay by the Columbus State defense and scored on a high floating shot into the net. It was the first career goal for the senior from Grafton, Massachusetts, who spent two years as a goalkeeper before moving to forward in 2011.
The Mocs threatened again in the 66th and 67th minutes with a pair of corner kicks, and had two more corners in the 72nd and 76th. The last one resulted in a shot by Danielle Hancock (Jacksonville, FL) that was saved by Mary Mancin. Alyssa Abrahamsen (Highland, NY) then had a header saved by Mancin in the 79th minute after a Florida Southern free kick.
Columbus State out-shot Florida Southern 15-4 overall, but only 5-4 in the second half. The Mocs also gave up just one corner kick in the match while taking four themselves.
Sophomore Erin Moseley (Jacksonville, FL) made three saves in her first career start, while Mancin stopped two shots for Columbus State.
Florida Southern will play its next match Sunday morning at 11:00 when it takes on Anderson (SC) in another game in Columbus, Georgia.