STATESBORO, Ga. – In its first match away from home the Stetson women’s soccer team fell to Georgia Southern by a score of 2-1 on Friday night. Senior Alyssa Welsh scored the lone goal for the Hatters (1-2-1) in the defeat.
“If you were watching the game you would have walked away thinking this team has style and they know what they want to do,” Stetson head coach Manoj Khettry said. “Carmen [Bernecker] and Makeshia [Lucien] controlled the entire match from the back. It was a joy to watch. I took away a ton of positives from the game.”
The Eagles (1-3-0) put Stetson behind early when Jennifer Wittick scored the first of her two goals on the night. Assisted by Jessie Eberhardt, Wittick beat Stetson goalkeeper Victoria Troccoli in the 16th minute of play to make it 1-0 in favor of Georgia Southern.
Wittick extended the Eagles lead to 2-0 less than seven minutes later. The Hatters, however, were able to quickly counter, scoring less than a minute after Georgia Southern’s goal to stay within one goal.
Welsh, who tied for the team lead in scoring a season ago, put away her first goal of 2013 in the 23rd minute of Friday night’s contest. Coming off of a Hatter corner, senior Amber Grose and sophomore Rebecca Oser were credited with assists on the play.
Neither team was able to score over the final 77 minutes of the game, so Georgia Southern came away with the 2-1 victory. The Eagles outshot the Hatters 10-6 and got six on target to Stetson’s two. Troccoli ended the night with four saves for the Hatters.
“Every second half that we’ve played, we’ve been able to control the tempo of the game,” Khettry said, “which tells me that we are a fit team. We wear people down by the way we play.
“We just have to do better in the front third,” Khettry continued. “That’s somewhat personality, somewhat confidence, and also taking advantage of opportunities.”
Stetson will continue its five-game road trip on Sunday, playing at South Carolina State. The Hatters and the Bulldogs are scheduled to kickoff at 1:00 p.m. Be sure to follow @StetsonWSoccer on Twitter for updates during the contest.
“Over the last two games I can see us developing our style of play,” Khettry concluded. “The players are getting more confident, they’re believing in what we’re doing, and they’re buying into the style that we want. If we can learn from these games, that’s just going to help us.”