LAKELAND, Fla. - Florida Southern College women's soccer opened its season on Friday night with its first win of the 2019 season on Moccasin Field. Freshmen Jenny Staten made her collegiate debut and kept Shorter University off the scoreboard for the entire 90 minutes. Florida Southern dominated the offensive zone throughout the course of the game maintaining possession for more than sixty percent of the game. The Mocs' (1-0) Rachel Peck knocked home the game-winning goal in the 70th minute to give the Hawks (0-1) their first loss of the new season.
Florida Southern would pick up its first season-opening victory since a 3-0 shutout or Georgia College to begin the 2014 season. The Mocs improved to 6-12-3 all-time in season openers and are 3-3-0 at home to open a season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Peck would get the games first scoring chance as she put a ball right at Kat Fisher, the Hawks keeper just over three minutes into the contest.
- After a pair of unsuccessful corner kicks Madison Hald would have her first scoring chance of the season only to send a shot right at Fisher.
- Florida Southern held possession for nearly 20 minutes to open the match as Shorter gave Staten her first save of her career as the Hawks Izabel Salgado put a shot right at the Mocs keeper. With six minutes remaining in the first half, Kailin Wiley put a shot high at the top of the net that Fisher got a piece of to keep the match in a scoreless tie. More than a minute later Wiley took another shot at breaking the scoreless tie to see her shot go wide right of the net.
- The teams would enter the fifteen-minute break with zeros on the board.
- Tatum Albrecht opened the second half with a shot just 45 seconds into the half that she sent out over the top of the net.
- Peck would take a pass from Amy Volk past a sliding Fisher to put the games only goal into the back of the net in the 70th minute of play. In the 81st minute, Shorter would gain momentum as they would record three shots in less than four minutes. Staten would make a pair of crucial saves in less than ten seconds to keep the score in favor of the Mocs.
- Albrecht looked to tack on an insurance goal in the final 90 seconds of the match only to be denied by Fisher.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Staten became the first Moccasin to record a complete-game shutout in her collegiate debut. She is just the second Moccasin to record a shutout in her collegiate debut. Kim Fish made two saves in a 6-0 victory over Fontbonne to open the 2003 season as she played 81:50 minutes.
- Staten allowed no goals and made three saves as Shorters' Fisher made eight saves and allowed a single goal. Florida Southern recorded 24 shots in the game to just four by the visitors.
- Albrecht recorded a game-high five shots, Peck and Volk each totaled four shots and Hald tacked on three for the Mocs. Courtney Chomko, Cali Larson, and Wiley each had a pair of shots while sophomores Zoë Perez and Erin Cagle also recorded a shot each.
Florida Southern will close out the homestand when Georgia College (Sept. 8) makes its way to Moccasin Field on Sunday. Next week the Moccasins will travel to Cleveland, Miss. to take on Union (Sept. 13) and Delta State (Sept. 16). Sunshine State Conference play will begin when the Mocs head to Palm Beach Atlantic (Sept. 21).
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