Soccer splits matches at homeThe women’s soccer team lost 1-0 to Nova Southeastern University in overtime in the first home game of the season last Friday.
The Bobcats outshot the Sharks 20-13. Forwards Ashley Veilleux and Abby Dalton lead the team with six and five shots, respectively.
Veilleux also led the team in number of shots on goal with two. Brittaney Borror, Lizzie Brenner and Jordan Harman split one shot on goal apiece during the matchup, but none were able to find the net.
“I thought they put out a great game tonight, no regrets when we leave here,” coach Hope Clark said in a Bobcat Soccer postgame interview on the athletics website. “You know, we just got to finish our opportunities and that’s what it comes down to. We had quite a few good looks there and we (were) just not able to put them away.”
According to Hope, the urgency heated up in the second half as the score was 0-0 and each team was pushing to get the win.
Of the 20 Bobcat shots, 15 of them were made after the half while 8 out of 13 Shark shots were made in the second half.
Both goalkeepers, Annie Stephens for GC and Amanda Kople for Nova, saved five shots each, two in the first half and three in the second.
After only 47 seconds into the overtime period, Malin Broberg breached the GC defense off a pass from her teammate Melissa Madden to finish the game with a Shark victory.
The women were back in action at home for their second game of the Bobcat Shootout against Saint Leo University on Sunday, Sept. 9.
The 1-0 home win over the No. 8 ranked Lions was a monumental one for the Bobcats. It matched GC’s highest-ranked victory in school history, since its win against Armstrong in 2010, according to the Athletics website.
Despite the 10 shots by the Bobcats and two by the Lions in the first 45 minutes of the play, the first half was scoreless.
Just after an hour into the game, Dalton sent the ball past the Lion goalie with an assist from Erin Griffin. It was her first goal of the season.
“The ball was kind of set in at the box and Erin got a toe on it, laid it back to me and I just finished it in the back of the net,” Dalton said in a Bobcat Soccer postgame interview on the athletics website.
Though there were 21 more shots from GC and 4 from Saint Leo after the half, no more found the net.
Dalton said the momentum from this win will help carry over into the game against Anderson University on Sept. 12.
“We scored our first goal at home and first win at home, so it’s a good drive forward for the rest of the season,” Dalton said in the interview.