FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - Elanee Otto's first career goal gave Florida Southern College women's soccer an early 1-0 lead, but Nova Southeastern struck for a pair of goals just one and a half minutes apart late in the first half to top the Moccasins, 2-1, in Sunshine State Conference action on Saturday at the NSU Soccer Complex. The Mocs (3-8-1, 1-5-0 SSC) fell for the third-straight match, while the Sharks (8-5-1, 3-2-1) improved to 6-1-1 at home this season.
Florida Southern returns home next Saturday to take on Embry-Riddle in its second-to-last home contest of the season. The Moccasins will play three of their final four matches on the road and will play their last home contest on Oct. 20 against Palm Beach Atlantic
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Saturday's contest saw both teams have quality chances early on. Nova Southeastern nearly got on the board first but Southern goalkeeper Tori Routt mad a save at 5:25 to keep things scoreless. Otto fired a shot on goal less than four minutes later and Alex Moberley also put one on target in the 14th minute, but NSU goalie Natalie Robayana made saves on both attempts.
- The Mocs would break the tie with 13:57 on the clock when Cali Larson sent in a corner kick that Otto headed past Robayana to give Florida Southern a 1-0 lead. Routt would make three more saves over the next 15 minutes, but the Sharks leveled the contest at 1-1 when Adanna Edwards scored on a header of her own following a corner kick at the 29:06 mark of the first half.
- Just moments later, Edwards would score again when she outran the Moccasin defense and fired a shot past Routt at the 30:39 mark to make it 2-0 in favor of NSU. Neither team would place a shot on target for the remainder of the half as Nova Southeastern took a 2-1 lead into the half.
- After Moberley's shot at the 47:36 mark of the match was saved by Robayana, the Sharks would take over defensively and limited the Mocs to just one shot on goal for the remainder of the contest and nothing on target over the final 26 minutes of action.
- Routt finished with seven saves on the night as she fell to 0-3 on the season while Robayana made four stops to push her record to 3-2-1. The Moccasins were outshot 20-8 on the night, but just 9-6 in shots on goal. NSU finished with six corner kicks, three in each half, and FSC tallied five corners on the night. Moberley and Otto led Florida Southern with two shots each, all of which were on goal.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern fell to 8-10-3 all-time against Nova Southeastern. Routt's seven saves were a season-high for the Moccasins and marked the fifth time this year the Mocs have made at least five saves in a match.
- The Moccasins will face Embry-Riddle at home next Saturday (Oct. 13). FSC's final three regular season games include a road contest at Eckerd (Oct. 17), on Senior Night against Palm Beach Atlantic (Oct. 20) and on the road at Barry (Oct. 23).