VALDOSTA, GA - In a game in which Florida Southern College women's soccer dominated for 86 minutes, the Mocs (2-3) surrendered two late goals as they lost 2-0 at Valdosta State (2-1). After the start of the game was delayed 32 minutes due to lightning the Moccasins took control of the game from the start as they fired off five shots in the first half. Freshman Tori Routt made four saves in her first collegiate start.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Freshman Cali Larson had the Mocs' first scoring chance in the 13th minute, but she was denied on a header saved by VSU keeper Caroline Ember.
- Keeping the pressure on the Blazers defense, Haley Rounsifer fired a shot wide left and in the next minute and a half, Larson and Rachel Peck saw both of their shots saved by Ember.
- Routt made a save on her only shot faced in the first half. The Mocs saw four shots on goal saved by the Valdosta State goalie.
- After a 15 minute break, the Mocs offense came out strong as Larson headed another shot, this time high over the goal. In the next seven minutes, Alexa Moberley fired off all three of her shots, all on goal, unable to convert them into goals.
- In the 88th minute, the Mocs surrendered an own goal to give the Blazers a 1-0 lead.
- In the final minute, Ashley Lewis slotted one past Routt for the second Blazers goal to put the game out of reach for the Mocs.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Routt made her first collegiate start in goal for the Moccasins. She made four saves while surrendering two goals in 90 minutes of play.
- Florida Southern is now 1-2 all-time against Valdosta State. In the all-time series, the home team has been victorious every time.
- Senior Gaelyn Crowder started her 35th consecutive match, a streak that dates back to Oct. 21, 2015.
- The Mocs fired off 12 shots, as compared to the Blazers' 10. Florida Southern and Valdosta State each had six corner kicks, but neither team was able to convert a corner into a score.
The Moccasins will play their final non-conference match when they host Delta State (Sept. 9). They will open SSC play when they host Lynn on Sept. 15 at Moccasin Field. Then they travel to Rollins (Sept. 19) before hosting Saint Leo (Sept. 22) and Tampa (Sept. 29) in Lakeland to close out September.