MOBILE, AL – Behind a pair of goals from Alexa Moberley, and either a goal or assist from five other players, Florida Southern ran its winning streak to four games with a 4-1 win over Spring Hill Monday afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Florida Southern (5-1-1) started the scoring 5:43 into the contest when Anna Griessler and Madi Colaw worked a give and go through the middle, and Griessler finished the play with her second goal of the season. However, that lead did not last very long. The Badgers (1-9) tied the game less than 90 seconds later on a goal by Gabrielle Burmaster, whose one-time shot to the far post completed a ball played diagonally from Sydney DeJohn.
- The Moccasins re-claimed the lead in the 19th minute on Moberley's first goal of the season and first of her career. The sophomore forward was assisted by Griessler and beat one defender for a shot to the far post, giving the Mocs their 2-1 lead.
- Moberley scored again shortly after halftime, again on a ball played through the middle by Tatum Albrecht, landing her shot low to the far post. That made the score 3-1 with just five minutes gone in the second half.
- Leah Borders closed out the scoring in the 84th minute, beating Spring Hill goalkeeper HP Fluharty one-on-one after taking a pass from Kylie Harris. It was Borders' second goal of the season, tying her for the team lead with Moberley, Griessler and Chloe Hamm.
- Despite the final 3-goal margin, the Moccasins only out-shot the Badgers 11-9; but while Florida Southern put six of its shots on target, Spring Hill had only three on-target shots. Moccasin junior goalkeeper Paige Koetter, making the first start of her career, had to make only one save, denying Burmaster in the 56th minute. The Badgers did not have another shot until after the Moccasins' had scored their fourth goal to essentially put the game out of reach.
- Spring Hill did draw iron on two occasions. Burmaster hit the crossbar in the third minute, and Devin Fry hit the post in the 86th minute.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern was visiting Spring Hill for the second year in a row. The Moccasins and Badgers played to a 1-1 draw there in 2016. Griessler scored the Florida Southern goal in that one, which saw the Mocs out-shoot the Badgers 27-14.
- The four goals were the most scored by Florida Southern since a 4-2 win at Eckerd on October 21. Griessler was heavily involved in that one too, scoring three of the Moccasins' four goals, which made her the last Moccasin with more than one goal in a game prior to Moberley.
- The Moccasins have surpassed their goal total from last year (nine goals in 13 games) by scoring 12 goals. With Moberley scoring twice Monday, those 12 goals have come from eight different players.
- Koetter made the start in goal in place of regular goalkeeper Helena Norrstrom and extended her personal scoreless streak to 254:50 before Spring Hill scored seven minutes and 10 seconds into the game. That's the longest scoreless streak for any Florida Southern goalkeeper at the start of their career, and the seventh longest overall.
- The Moccasins streak of allowing one goal or less continued and now stands at 10, which breaks the old school record of nine set entirely during the 2011 season. The Mocs allowed six goals during that stretch and have also given up six during their current streak.
- The Moccasins' 5-1-1 record is their best start percentage-wise since starting 4-0-3 (.786) in 2014 under Brittany Jones. The Mocs also went 5-1-1 under Ben Strawbridge to open 2010, but the only time they've ever started better than this year was in 2007, which saw them open 6-1 under Strawbridge.
- The last time Florida Southern won four in a row was from Sept. 9-Sept. 18, 2011. Those wins came against Palm Beach Atlantic, West Florida, Eckerd and North Alabama. Their last winning streak longer than four games was a school-record 11 straight wins in 2008.
Florida Southern will be at home (at the Lake Myrtle Sports Park) Wednesday night against Florida Tech. Game time is 7 p.m.