LAKELAND – Just four minutes after checking into the game, Kylie Harris gave Florida Southern a 1-0 lead with her first goal of the season, and an own goal by the Knights in the early stages of the second half gave FSC another one as the Moccasins closed out the year with a 2-0 victory over Lynn.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Harris put Florida Southern ahead at the 21:45 mark after receiving a cross-field pass from Alyssa Barden. The sophomore forward lofted her shot from just outside the top left corner of the penalty box over the head of Lynn goalkeeper Alexa Downie for her first goal of the season.
- The goal by Harris came on the Moccasins' first shot of the game but three more followed quickly thereafter, all by another reserve, Kasey Rakauskas. She forced Downie into two saves in the span of 34 seconds shortly after the goal by Harris. One of those was a scoring chance also set up by Barden.
- In the 54th minute, Florida Southern picked up another goal set up by defender Jess Goedde. Taking a free kick that was just outside the Mocs' defensive third, Goedde drove it long where it was headed backward by defender Anna Shawley over the head of Downie who had come off her line.
- Despite that goal, Lynn's starting back line of Shawley, Georgia Robert, Emma Portsmouth, and Gabrielle Moriera, along with Amanda Torres who started the second half, held Florida Southern to six shots in the game.
- Florida Southern started its usual back four of Goedde, Gaelyn Crowder, Juliana Guida and Becca Watson, with Carly Faust playing much of the second half. The final minutes also saw Barden, Maddie Werneke, and Abigail Holmes helping the Mocs complete their second shutout of the season, both of which came in conference play.
- Florida Southern gave up 13 shots altogether, but only two of those were on target, one by Shawley in the first half and one by Moriera in the second. Robert also hit the crossbar for the Knights from long distance in the 86th minute.
- Helena Norrstrom and Paige Koetter split the shutout with each goalkeeper playing one half and making one save.
- Crowder and Faust each came up with a stop on a pair of dangerous crosses by the Knights into the center of the box. Crowder broke up a potential scoring chance in the 48th minute, and Faust did the same in the 73rd.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern now leads the all-time series with Lynn 10-8-6, and the shutout was the first for either team in the series in the last seven meetings.
- The last time the Mocs were on the receiving end of an own goal was also against Lynn in a 3-3 tie in 2013.
- Head coach Siggi Nagele played every healthy player on the roster Sunday with a total of 29 appearing in the game. Guida (87 minutes) and Crowder (85 minutes) were the only ones to play more than 80 minutes, and Goedde (77) and Sheila Ramos (70) were the only others who played at least 70.
- Florida Southern finished the year with five straight home games. The only other time the Mocs have played five in a row at home within a single season was in October of 2003.
- The two shutouts in conference play against Eckerd and Lynn marked the first time the Mocs have had two SSC shutouts since 2010 (Eckerd and Nova Southeastern).
- The Moccasins finished with a 1.26 goals against average, its lowest in the last four seasons. They allowed one goal or no goals in eight of their 13 games, with Goedde, Crowder, Guida and Watson starting nearly all of those together on the back line.
- The last time the Mocs had two goalkeepers share a shutout was in 2014 against Flagler, though starter Erin Moseley played nearly 82 minutes in that game before Norrstrom came on to make her college debut. The Mocs had not had a shutout where the two goalkeepers played equal minutes since beating Flagler 1-0 on October 5, 2011. Martina Tangen Billing and Moseley each played a half that night, each recorded four saves and Moseley also assisted the only goal.
- Koetter played 157 minutes and 41 seconds this season without allowing a goal, including shutout halves against Embry-Riddle and Lynn in the final week of the season while making eight saves. Moseley holds the school record for best scoreless start for a career with 160 minutes and four seconds.
- Norrstrom ended the year with an .800 save percentage, giving her two of the top five seasons in team history.