AUBURNDALE, FL - Helena Norrstrom made 11 saves and Florida Southern College women's soccer battled back from a pair of one-goal deficits to earn a 2-2 draw against No. 13 Nova Southeastern on Saturday night at the Lake Myrtle Sports Complex. The Moccasins (6-1-2, 3-1-1 SSC) fell behind early as the Sharks (8-1-1, 4-0-1) scored the first goal of the match just over a minute into the first half, but the Mocs answered each NSU goal an held on in double overtime to stay in second place in the Sunshine State Conference standings.
Jess Goedde and Anna Griessler scored both Florida Southern goals, each of which came in the second half, to help the Mocs stay toe-to-toe with one of the top teams in the nation. The Moccasins return to action next Saturday at Embry-Riddle, and remain in the hunt for their first-ever SSC regular-season title.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Nova Southeastern snagged momentum early when Hannah Christophe found Emma Heikkila with a cross from the right side of the box in the second minute of the contest. The Sharks kept the pressure on, peppering the Norrstrom with four shots over the next three minutes, but the Moccasin goalie turned away all four shots. Less than 10 minutes later, both teams would be forced off the field due to lightning in the area - a delay that lasted 67 minutes. Neither team would score for the remainder of the opening half.
• Less than three minutes into the second half, Florida Southern would find the equalizer on an incredible play. Standing nearly 70 yards from goal, Goedde sent in a long pass that looked as if it would bounce harmlessly away, but the ball shorthopped over the head of NSU goalie Jordan Lentz and found the back of the net.
• The Sharks would again go in front by one when Heikkila collected a rebound off a save by Norrstrom and hit the one-timer for her second goal of the match with just under 26 minutes left to play. The Moccasins answered back again when Alexa Moberley's cross found Griessler's feet and Griessler buried her fourth goal of the season to knot the match at 2-2.
• Florida Southern nearly put home the game winner twice in the closing moments when Griessler and Moberley had excellent chances to finish, but Lentz would make a pair of spectacular saves to send things to overtime.
• Neither team was able to create a solid chance in either overtime period, as each goalkeeper was forced to make just one save in the final 20 minutes of action. Nova Southeastern outshot Florida Southern 22-13 and finished with a 6-3 edge in corner kicks, while both teams were whisteled for nine fouls.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 8-9-3 all-time against Nova Southeastern, including 5-4-1 when facing the Sharks at home. Saturday's match was the first draw in the series since the teams played to a 0-0 tie on Oct. 27, 2007.
• Norrstrom's 11 saves tied a career-high for the senior goalkeeper, who improved her career save total to 213, the fifth-best mark in school history. Griessler led the Mocs with six shots, five of which came on goal. Moberley added four shots of her own, three of which were on goal.
• Saturday's 2-2 draw was Florida Southern's first result against a nationally-ranked opponent since a 0-0 tie against No. 13 Tampa on Sept. 24, 2014. The draw gives the Mocs 10 total points in the SSC standings to stay one ahead of third-place Lynn.
• Florida Southern returns to action next Saturday when it travels to Embry-Riddle for a 6 p.m. contest in Daytona Beach. The Moccasins' remaining home games are on Oct. 18 aganst Eckerd and Oct. 25 against Barry. FSC also has yet to face Palm Beach Atlantic (Oct. 21) and Lynn (Oct. 28).