Mocs Score 10 First Half Goals in 16-8 Home Win Over Indiana (Pa.)

Mocs Score 10 First Half Goals in 16-8 Home Win Over Indiana (Pa.)

LAKELAND - Florida Southern used a 10 goal first half here Wednesday afternoon to cruise to a 16-8 victory over Indiana (Pa.) at Bryant Stadium.

The game was the first of two on the day for the 12th-ranked Moccasins as they will host Shorter University in a 7 p.m. game later on Wednesday.

With the victory, the Mocs improve to 3-2 on the season and extend its win streak to three straight games. In all three wins, the Mocs have scored 13 or more goals in all three games. 

IUP (1-2) got on the scoreboard first in Wednesday's game as Adriana Greco scored on a free position shot just 47 seconds into the contest. 

The Mocs, though, would respond by scoring four straight goals in a span of 10 minutes to take a 4-1 lead. FSC began its scoring with a goal from junior attacker Kendall Kerge (Edgewater, Md.) just a little over three minutes into the contest. 

FSC would then get goals from sophomore attacker Cayla Shawfield (Oviedo, Fla.) and sophomore attacker Meghan O'Brien (Rochester, N.Y.) to push its lead to 3-1 and would cap the four goal spree on a free position goal by sophomore attacker Shannon Gilfedder (Longwood, Fla.) with 16:22 left in the opening half to take a 4-1 lead. 

After a goal from Baily McLeish brought the Crimson Hawks within two at 4-2, the Mocs used goals from senior attacker Ashley Robertson (Ellicott City, Md.) and sophomore midfielder Emily Santoli (Fort Salonga, N.Y.) to take a 6-2 lead with 10 minutes left in the opening half.

IUP's Brenna Gallagher brought the visitors within 6-3 on a goal with 9:11 left, but the Mocs would close the half by scoring four consecutive goals, including back-to-back goals by Kerge in the final five minutes of the half to give the Mocs a 10-3 halftime lead. 

Trailing 10-3, IUP opened the second half by scoring three goals in a span of four minutes to drop the Mocs lead to 10-6. 

Senior defender Gabby Barowski (Alexandria, Va.) stopped IUP's run with a free position goal with 24:38 left in the game. The goal was the first of the season for the Preseason All-American. 

IUP's Kim Hooven brought the Crimson Hawks within 11-7 on an unassisted goal with 20:53 remaining. 

That would be as close as IUP would get as the Mocs scored four unanswered goals to push its lead to 15-7 with just a little over three minutes left in the game. The Moccasin goals were scored by Kerge, Robertson, redshirt freshman Shannon Mazza (Kings Park, N.Y.) and Santoli, the latter came on a free position shot.

Tara Nicholas scored a goal for IUP with 1:50 left to drop FSC's lead to 15-8, but the Mocs completed the scoring on a free position goal by Gilfedder with 18 seconds remaining.

Kerge led the Mocs with four goals, while Robertson and Gilfedder each had three and Santoli added two as eight different Mocs scored in the win. 

FSC finished the game with a 30-19 edge in shots, including nine shots by Kerge and also had a 26-18 edge in shots on goal.

The Mocs picked up 25 ground balls in the win as Santoli had four. IUP had 20 ground balls. 

FSC also caused 16 turnovers in the game, including four by redshirt sophomore defender Parrisa Sakinejad (Millers, Md.). The Mocs have now had 76 caused turnovers in five games this season.

Junior Taylor Gillis (Bel Air, Md.) went the distance between the pipes as the reigning Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Week allowed eight goals, had 10 saves and two ground balls to improve to 2-1 on the season.

Hooven had two of her team's eight goals, while Amy Weinberg had three assists in the loss. 

The Crimson Hawks played three goalies in the game as Angela Lontoc played nearly 54 minutes between the pipes and allowed 12 goals while recording 10 saves.  

Both teams finished with 13 draw controls as Santoli and freshman attacker Dani Bursinger (Powell, Ohio) combined for five as Santoli had three and Bursinger finished with two on the day. Kate Martyn had four draw controls for IUP.