The Hatter offense exploded on Saturday as the Stetson
women's soccer team (2-4-0) defeated Florida Atlantic (1-5-0) by a score of 5-2
at home. Junior Amber Grose led the
Hatters with one goal and two assists in the victory.
Stetson fell behind extremely early in this one, but that
didn't prevent the team from fighting back immediately. A Florida Atlantic goal just three minutes
and 47 seconds into the match put the Hatters behind from the word go.
Fortunately the score evened quickly as Grose played a ball
through the Owl defense to a pair of streaking Hatters in the 12th
minute of play. Freshman Mara
Keomanivane was the Stetson forward who received the pass. She evaded FAU goalkeeper Ashley Lantes and
scored on the open net to tie the game at 1-1.
The Stetson offense continued to put pressure on the Owls,
but it wasn't until there was just over two minutes remaining in the half that
the Hatters took their first lead of the contest. Junior Kait Jones carried the ball almost the
entirety of FAU territory before playing a pass back to freshman Jorje Pierce
from the endline. Pierce easily put the
ball away to give SU a 2-1 lead at the break.
There was no letting up for the Hatters in the second half,
as Stetson recorded 15 shots in the frame and gave the team a total of 23 for
the game. Freshman Danielle Hurme became
the third Stetson freshman in a row to score her first career goal, giving the
Hatters a comfortable 3-1 lead on a long booming shot from nearly 30 yards out, assisted by Grose.
Hurme's score in the 54th minute of play may have
made things a little too comfortable for the Hatters, as FAU countered with a
goal of their own just over four minutes later.
Marisa Russo's unassisted score made it 3-2.
As the Stetson offense continued to pelt FAU with shots on
goal, goalkeeper Lantes did a remarkable job saving 14 of the Hatters' 18
attempts on target. When Pierce was
taken down in the box by an Owl defender, it pretty much sealed Florida
Stetson was rewarded with a penalty kick, which Grose
perfectly placed in the left corner of the net for her first of the season, and
the Owls were forced to play a player down for the final 16 minutes of
The Hatters added one more score for good measure when
junior Alexis Trybinski scored her first goal of the season on an assist from
freshman Caroline Hurckes. All in all
Stetson scored five goals on the day.
Each was the first in a Hatter uniform for the trio of freshmen and pair
of junior transfer goal-scorers.
Stetson finished with 23 shots to FAU's 13. The Hatters recorded six corner kicks, while
the Owls totaled four. Lantes stopped 14
shots, and Stetson goalkeeper Victoria Troccoli tallied three saves. SU improved to 2-4-0 on the season and will
next host UAB on Friday, September 14 at 4:00 p.m.
Coach Orlowski Interview
Amber Grose Interview
Jorje Pierce Interview
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