TAMPA, Fla. (women’s soccer) – Florida Tech women’s soccer team took on the 8th ranked Tampa University in SSC play falling 6-1 to the Spartans.
Despite the final score, the game started off slow with both teams holding strong defensively until an unlucky handball was called inside the penalty box
on the Panthers senior defender Ro Hernandez (Madrid, Spain). Tampa’s leading scorer sophomore Shelby Kuni (Houston, Texas) notched the first goal of the
game for the Spartans putting them up 1-0 off the penalty kick.
The Spartans answered again in the 37th minute off a corner late in the first half putting them up 2-0 over the Panthers going into the break. Senior
repeat SSC Defensive Player of the Year Milana Winskas (Champaign, Ill.) notched the eventual game winner off the corner and one touch from junior
teammates Allison Penland (Falls Church, Va.) and Katie Callahan (Houston, Texas).
Coming back from the half, the Panthers jumped on an early opportunity four minutes into the second half with senior midfielder Tara Euginedes (Dade City,
Fla.) placing a ball through the Spartans defense onto the running freshman midfielder Therese Svensson (Helsingborg, Sweden) for her third goal of the
season and the first and only goal for the crimson strikers.
The Panthers cut the lead to 2-to-1 only to give up a third goal five minutes later. Senior forward, Samantha Robinson (Dunedin, Fla.) found freshman
forward Jocelyn Charette (Lakewood, Wash.) 18 yards back off a combo pass from the corner to net the Spartans third goal.
Kuni would net the next two goals for Tampa recording a hat trick for the afternoon. Junior defender Nicole Murphy (Lafayette, La.) would record an assist
off of Kuni’s third and final goal. With Tampa up by five goals, the bench was cleared for the Spartans’ allowing 23 of the 24 players to see time,
excluding their back-up keeper.
Freshman goalie Melissa Pyles (Port Orange, Fla) coming off her SSC Defensive Player of the Week Award allowed 6 goals on 16 shots in the match against the
Spartans. Pyles has now allowed 10 goals with an average of 1.08 goals per game and a save percentage of .730 and record of 3-3-1 in 2006.
Collectively, senior captain Miranda Tessier (Vero Beach, Fla.) was the most consistent player on the field for Tech recording two blocks on shots on goal
for the Spartans. Tessier also effectively moved the ball forward to create scoring opportunities for Florida Tech. Like Tampa. Head Coach Fidgi Haig, due
to heat and lack of offense, made quite a few subs in the final ten minutes of the game giving some playing opportunities to seven Panther reservists.
The Panthers with the loss move to 4-3-3 overall and 0-1-2 in the SSC and next host Lynn University September 27th at 4 pm on Rick Stottler Field.
Soccer Game Summary (Final)
2006 Florida Tech Women’s Soccer
Florida Tech vs Tampa (9/24/06 at Tampa, Fl)
Florida Tech (4-3-3, 0-1-2) vs. Tampa (8-1, 3-0)
Date: 9/24/06 Attendance: 106
Weather: Hot and Humid
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Florida Tech…….. 0 1 – 1
Tampa…………… 2 4 – 6
1. 20:50 UTW Shelby Kuni Penalty kick
2. 36:06 UTW Malana Winskas (Alison Penland;Katie Callahan) – off corner, chipped over
3. 49:33 FTW Therese Svensson (3) (Tara Euginedes) – Through ball from midfield
4. 54:08 UTW Jocelyn Charette (Samantha Robinson) – combo in corner, crossed in mid 18
5. 55:36 UTW Shelby Kuni (unassisted) – deflected off previous shot to 18 volleyed back in net
6. 58:51 UTW Shelby Kuni (3) (Nicole Murphy) – cross from left flank
7. 73:11 UTW Shannon Agnew (Malana Winskas) – cross to head
Shots: Florida Tech 5, Tampa 16
Saves: Florida Tech 3 (Melissa Pyles 3), Tampa 1 (Shannon Aitken 1)