FORT MYERS, Fla. (Oct. 23, 2009) - Three first half goals proved to be the difference as the ETSU women's soccer team fell to Atlantic Sun Conference rival Florida Gulf Coast 3-0 Friday night inside the FGCU Soccer Complex in Fort Myers, Fla.
With the loss the Bucs fall to 5-11-0 overall with an even 4-4 mark in A-Sun play, while the Eagles improved to 10-5-3, with a 5-4-0 record in conference competition.
"Tonight our girls came out a bit flat and by the time we turned our play around in the second half, we already dug ourselves in such a hole," said head coach Heather Henson. "Tori (Head) had a quick shot that hit the post in the first five minutes of the match and if that goes in, maybe the match is a little different. That being said, after we got down, all girls continued to fight hard the remainder of the match."
After neither team found an offensive rhythm early Florida Gulf Coast midfielder Glna Petracco opened the score off restart rebound shot from teammate Amber McCall in the 22nd minute.
16 minutes later the Eagle attack was at it again as forward Lindsey Haw crossed a pass to McCall, who netted her first goal of the night in the 38th minute.
Just when it looked like Florida Gulf Coast would head to the half with a two-goal advantage, McCall converted her second goal of the half, - off of a late penalty kick - past driving ETSU sophomore keeper Megan Masch (Virginia Beach, Va.).
"Florida Gulf Coast is a team with a lot of speed throughout the field and they used it wisely in the first half jumping to their early lead," said Henson. "Now with this match behind us, our players need to focus on Sunday. We need to come out ready to play and pick up a win against a good team in Stetson."
Offensively, ETSU junior midfielder Kelly Brinkman (Clearwater, Fla.), junior forward Terri Miller (Cape Coral, Fla), and freshman forward Tori Head (Kingsport, Tenn.), led the Bucs with a shot a piece, while Masch posted four saves on the night.
With one final regular season match this season ETSU makes its final push for a spot in the A-Sun postseason tournament as it returns to action for a 1:00 p.m., contest Sunday at Stetson.
Currently, the Bucs sit with 12 points in league action, one spot behind Campbell who presently sits with 14. The Camels will take on league-leading Kennesaw State Saturday night.
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