MOUNT OLIVE, NC – Florida Southern's first game under new head coach Paul Lawrence saw the Moccasins hold a commanding edge in shots taken, and if possible in a sport where it isn't customarily tracked, time of possession. The Mocs also got a stellar performance from their defense and six saves from senior goalkeeper Helena Norrstrom as they battled Chowan (NC) to a 0-0 tie in the 2017 season opener.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Moccasins out-shot the Hawks 19-9 in the match, including 6-0 in the two overtime periods, with those shots spread out between 11 different players. The most active in that department were junior Anna Griessler and sophomore Alexa Moberley with three apiece. The 19 shots were the most taken by Florida Southern since last year's season opening tie at Spring Hill.
- The 19 shots by Florida Southern resulted in 11 saves by Chowan goalkeeper Olivia Borer as well as one team save credited to a defender. Borer had to make four saves in overtime to keep the Moccasins off the scoreboard, including three in the second overtime period.
- Norrstrom's most challenging moments came in the final 10 minutes of regulation when she saw a shot from the right side of the box by Stephanie Quintanilla carry just high and wide of the far post, and then had to go airborne to stop a shot from outside the box by Sydney Henderson. She followed that by with another save against Carolina Lucci in the 83rd minute.
- The Moccasins had two chances to take the lead in the final five minutes of regulation, one following a corner kick and one following a free kick. Both resulted in headers, but Madison Hald was wide left and Megan Styron had hers grabbed by Borer.
- The Mocs turned both of their overtime corner kicks into shots too, but one was saved and the other blocked inside the box. In the second overtime, Moberley, Hald and Jess Goedde all had shots saved by Borer that kept the game scoreless.
- Florida Southern's two best shots in the game may have come from Moberley in the first half and Gaelyn Crowder in the second. Both players worked themselves into position for shots deep in the box only to be stopped by Borer cutting them off at the near post. Crowder's attempt in the 76th minute wasn't stopped cleanly, resulting in a brief scramble for the ball, but the Hawks were able to prevent another shot during that sequence.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern was playing in North Carolina for only the second time in team history. The first was a 4-1 win at Pfeiffer in 2011.
- Three of the Mocs' starting defenders in the shutout of Chowan were regular starters last year too: Crowder, Goedde and Juliana Guida. Megan Styron joined them in the starting lineup on Friday.
- Lawrence is the fifth head coach in the program's 20-year history but the first to start his tenure at Florida Southern with a draw as well as the first to start with a shutout.
- The Moccasins opened with a tie for the second year in a row following last year's 1-1 draw at Spring Hill. The only other opening day tie came in 2005 against Christian Brothers (TN) by the score of 2-2.
- Friday marked the fourth opening day shutout for the Moccasins, with the most recent being a 3-0 win over Georgia College in 2014. With the Mocs also blanking Lynn in their season finale last year, it gives them back-to-back shutouts for the first time since the 2014 season as well. They haven't had three straight shutouts (in one season or in a carry-over) since October of 2007.
Florida Southern will play its second game on its road trip to North Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Mount Olive.