LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College women's soccer picked up its first SSC and home victory on Saturday night. The Moccasins (3-5-1, 1-2-0 SSC) used an early first-half goal by Junior Alexa Moberley to defeat Saint Leo (2-5-0, 1-2-0 SSC) 3-0 on Saturday night at Moccasin Field.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Mocs put pressure on the Lions defense early as they put the opening kick deep in the offensive zone just out of the reach of a stretching Moberley.
- Saint Leo had the games first real scoring chance as Carolina Solis-Deleon put a corner kick on top of the net.
- Florida Southern would answer the Lions chance with a shot of their own nearly two minutes later. Jax Wantlin wasted no time as she took the ball up the right side of the field and fired a shot just wide past the goal.
- In the 13th minute, Moberley took a pass from midfield off the foot of Ellanee Otto and maneuvered her way around a few defenders and fired the ball past a diving Julia Ortiz for the Mocs first goal and eventual game-winner.
- Saint Leo's Brianna Thompson fired off three of her four shots in a six-minute span as Noelle Rolfsen made a save and saw the other two go out of her reach.
- The Mocs came out of the 15-minute break with aggressiveness as Anna Griessler's corner kick was headed away by the Lion defense, Tatum Albrecht was able to corral the loose ball and fire off a shot from high outside the box. As a result of the shot, the Mocs were awarded another corner kick. Again Griessler took the kick and put it in front of the goal in the perfect spot for the 5-10 senior Gaelyn Crowder to head the ball into the net for her first career goal.
- Back-to-back corner kicks in the 73rd minute by the Lions were saved by Rolfsen to keep Saint Leo still searching for that first goal.
- Nearly six minutes later the Mocs would put the game just out of the reach of the Lions as Rachel Peck recorded her second goal of the season to put the Mocs up 3-0. The Florida Southern offense took the ball down the field and a closely defended Caitlyn Lowery slipped the ball to Chloe Hamm who in turn passed the ball to a wide open Peck that slotted the ball under the diving Ortiz for the third and final Moccasin goal.
- With a little more than three minutes remaining in regulation, the Lions took a last chance effort to get on the board as Rolfsen made her sixth and final save on the evening.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- The victory marked the Moccasins first win at the new Moccasin Field and also was the first SSC victory of 2018. Additionally, it was the first win on campus since the Mocs closed out the 2016 season with a 2-0 victory over Lynn.
- Senior Gaelyn Crowder started her 39th consecutive match, a streak that dates back to her freshman season, Oct. 21, 2015. Todays start also marked her 40th career start, a game in which the defender recorded her first career goal.
- Moberley and Crowder became the eight and ninth different Moccasin to find the back of the net this season.
- The Mocs fired off seven shots, as compared to the Lions' 10. Saint Leo had six corner kicks, unable to convert any to a goal, as the Moccasins had five and were able to put one in the back of the net.
The Moccasins will host Tampa (Sept. 29) in Lakeland to close out September. They will open October with matches at Florida Tech (Oct. 3) and Nova Southeastern (Oct. 6).