MOUNT OLIVE, NC – Florida Southern's first win of the season came in dominating fashion Sunday afternoon as the Moccasins used goals by Dominique Cirnigliaro, Leah Borders and Jess Goedde and a suffocating defense to defeat Mount Olive 3-0. The shutout was the second in as many games for Florida Southern on its 2-game road trip to North Carolina.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Florida Southern (1-0-1) had the first scoring opportunities of the game even before it actually dented the scoreboard. A dangerous cross from Cirnigliaro set up the first one, and Tatum Albrecht pulled a shot just wide of the post from the top of the box shortly thereafter. Defender Megan Styron created another good chance for the Mocs in the 15th minute that did not result in a goal but it was a sign of things to come as they would go on to out-shoot the Trojans 35-2.
- Florida Southern broke through in the 20th minute when Cirnigliaro punched home a loose ball inside the 6-yard box for the Mocs' first goal of the season.
- Anna Griessler nearly gave the Mocs their second goal in the 28th minute only to have it saved at close range by Mount Olive goalkeeper Abigail Ross.
- The second goal came in the 34th minute after a mix-up in the back by the Trojans (0-1). A long ball played by Goedde appeared to skim off the head of a Mount Olive defender and land in perfect position for Borders. The freshman from nearby Lake Wales made the most of it by chipping the ball over Ross for the first goal of her college career.
- Goedde was a big part of the Florida Southern offense in the second half too. After forcing Ross into an early save, she barely missed on a free kick from the left side of the field in the 52nd minute, and her corner kick in the 53rd set up a shot by Elanee Otto. Goedde eventually scored the goal herself in the 54th minute with an incredible shot into the upper right corner from nearly the same spot from which her earlier free kick came.
- Though Florida Southern did not score again, the Moccasins continued to pepper the Mount Olive goal with shot after shot in the final 35 minutes. During that stretch, the Mocs took 17 additional shots by 12 different players, six of which had to be saved by Ross, most of them difficult plays for the Mount Olive goalkeeper. Delaney Riggins, who nearly scored in the first half, had three of those shots. She finished with four shots in the game, tying her with Cirnigliaro and Albrecht for the team lead.
- While Ross had to make 11 saves for Mount Olive, Helena Norrstrom and Paige Koetter had to make only two for Florida Southern, one in each half. The starting back line of Goedde, Styron, Juliana Guida and Gaelyn Crowder, along with a host of reserves in the second half allowed just two shots, the best such defensive effort for the Mocs in five years.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The shutout was the third straight for Florida Southern dating back to last year's season-ending 2-0 win over Lynn. The three consecutive shutouts tie a team record set in October of 2007 when the Mocs blanked Palm Beach Atlantic (4-0), Embry-Riddle (4-0) and Nova Southeastern (0-0) in the span of eight days. The last time the Mocs had back-to-back shutouts in the same season was three years ago against Anderson and Flagler, both by 3-0 scores. Prior to this year the Mocs had never started a season with back-to-back shutouts.
- The Florida Southern defense is now working on a scoreless streak of 321:46, which goes back to a goal by Palm Beach Atlantic early in the second half of a game last October 28. That's the second longest in team history, surpassed by only a stretch of 358:10 during that 3-game shutout streak in 2007.
- Norrstrom and Koetter each played a half and by splitting the shutout, Koetter extended her personal scoreless streak to 202:41. She has not allowed a goal in her career, giving her a new school record for consecutive scoreless minutes to start a career. Erin Moseley held the previous record with 160:04 in 2011. Norrstrom also has a personal scoreless streak of more than 200 minutes going.
- The last time Florida Southern allowed two shots or less in a game was October 24, 2012 in a 1-0 win at Eckerd. They Mocs surrendered only one that night. Sunday's game at Mount Olive was the ninth time in team history the Mocs gave up two or less and all but one of those games ended with a Moccasin shutout.
- The last time Florida Southern took more than 30 shots in a game was October 22, 2013, in a 6-0 win over West Georgia. They out-shot West Georgia 34-5 in that game. The 35 shots Sunday were the most for Florida Southern since taking 37 in a 3-1 win over Barry in 2011.
Florida Southern will play its first home game of the year on Thursday night when it hosts Embry-Riddle in a non-conference game beginning at 6 p.m. That game will be played at the Lake Myrtle Sports Park while the Moccasins await the completion of their new on-campus stadium.