It took seven hours and twenty-two minutes in all, but the
Stetson (0-2-0) vs. Georgia Southern (1-0-0) women's soccer game to open the
Hatters home slate did eventually end on Sunday. The Eagles defeated Stetson by a score of 2-0
in the first regular season match to be played at the newly renovated Stetson
"At this stage of the game I'm not measuring our success in
wins and losses," Head Coach Julie Orlowski said. "I'm measuring it in lessons learned and how
we respond to adversity. For a while you
could see just how talented we are, but you could also see just how young we
are. It's starting to gel; we just need
to make progress a little sooner in the game."
It was Georgia
Southern that made progress early, scoring in the 15th minute to
take the lead. Alex Murphy, who was
making most of the Eagles' offense happen early on, crossed a ball from the
left side of the box, and found an open teammate. Morgan Springer one-touched the pass and put
it into the back of the net.
The Hatters were right in the game, recording four shots in
the first half, and forcing Georgia Southern goalkeeper Katie Merson to save a
pair of them on shots by junior Alexis Trybinski and freshman Mara Keomanivane.
Early in the second half, the Eagles increased their lead to
two with a goal in the 52nd minute.
A shot by Courtney Collins from around 12 yards out was saved by Stetson
goalkeeper junior Victoria Trocolli.
Unfortunately for the Hatters, Stephanie Gratto was there to finish off
With just under 25 minutes remaining in regulation, some
inclement weather made its way into the area, and forced the two teams off of
the field. Since the delay lasted past
the allotted time regulated to restart the match, the game was officially
It was then rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. to accommodate both
teams' student-athletes, who will be starting classes on Monday. After about four minutes of action on the
field, a lightning strike in the area forced the game to be delayed once
again. Finally, when the Eagles and
Hatters made it back on the field one more time, the two teams played until the
Stetson came out strong after the final weather delay,
recording four corner kicks to the Eagles' one, but it wasn't enough. Georgia Southern left DeLand with a
2-0 victory in their first game of the season, dropping the Hatters to 0-2-0.
Stetson will next play host to Embry-Riddle on Saturday,
August 25th at 7:00 p.m.
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