women's soccer team (2-5-0), although missing a number of key contributors, put
forth a valiant effort in a 2-1 loss to UAB (1-6-0) on Friday afternoon. Freshman Franziska Wendel scored the first
goal of her career, while junior Victoria Troccoli recorded eight saves in the
The Blazers got on the board first, as Megan Collins found
Johanna Liney for a goal on a give-and-go down the left side of the box in the
25th minute of play. The
Hatters could have been down by two scores at that point, given that UAB was
awarded a penalty kick just 17 minutes into the opening half.
Fortunately for Stetson, Troccoli made an unbelievable play
on a well struck penalty by the Blazers, keeping UAB off the board for at least
the next eight minutes.
The Hatters quickly evened things up as Wenedel made a run
into the box and forced a UAB Blazer to take her down. The freshman got up and walked directly to
the penalty spot, for her first collegiate attempt. Wendel struck the ball right past the
keeper's outstretched arm, tying the game at 1-1 in the 30th minute.
The two teams went into the break tied 1-1, with the Blazers
holding an 11-6 advantage in shots. The
Hatters, on the other hand, recorded three corners to UAB's zero in the opening
While both teams had their opportunities to start the second
half, it was UAB that took advantage, scoring just over 10 minutes into the
frame. Johanna Liney, after scoring the
first half goal, assisted on this one, finding Ashley Naumoff for the score on
a long ball through the back line.
The goal that made it 2-1 in the 56th minute
proved to be the difference in the match, as Stetson failed to even the
score. The Blazers finished with a 20-12
shot advantage, while both teams tallied four corners in the contest. Troccoli totaled eight saves, while UAB's
Courtnie Northern recorded seven.
"For me it was a bit of an ugly game in the first half," Head Coach Julie Orlowski said. "It picked up a bit in intensity in the second half. [Given our challenges due to injury and illness] I was very impressed with how we did today."
Stetson will next play on the road at Furman on Sunday,
September 16at 1:00 p.m.
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