Early Morning Glory for the Panthers of Florida Tech in Women’s Soccer Action
MELBOURNE, Fla.- On an early morning of Saturday August 26, 2006, the Panthers of Florida Tech yet again dominated the field of play against the Lady Bears
of New York Institute of Technology winning by a score of 6-1. The game was postponed from yesterday after lightning and rain pushed the game back until an
early morning start.
Despite the early hours on a Saturday morning, the Panthers came out with a fury scoring only eight minutes into the first half. The goal was scored by
Therese Svensson (Helsinborg, Sweden); her first of the season from a soft touch pass through the defense from Miranda Tessier (Vero Beach, Fla.). This was
Tessier’s first assist on the season.
Keeping at a high tempo the Panthers pressed keeping the ball in the Bears defensive half earning several corner kick attempts. At 14:58 into the first
half, local standout Teresa Brantley (Satellite Beach, Fla.) flicked on a pass to Rachel Devlin (Titusville, Fla.) who found the back of the net off of a
corner giving the Panthers a 2-0 lead. Devlin’s goal notches her first collegiate points. No more than five minutes later, Rocio Hernandez (Madrid, Spain)
headed the ball past the goalie off another corner in the 19th minute.
As play started to linger around mid-field of the 32nd minute of the first half, Brantley found the ball and continued down the field taking her defender
1v1 and putting the ball to the back of the net. With small play building up in the corner of the Bears defensive half; nice one two touches were made to
Panther teammates Ericka Hildreth (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) and Brantley which ended up being the 5th and final goal of the half. Brantley now has four goals on
the season while Hildreth added her second and third assist for the year.
Despite some late pressure from the Bears of New York Tech, the Panthers held them to four shots in the first half.
Without letting up the pressure the Panthers came out rolling in the beginning of the second half. Ro Hernandez again hit her stride netting a header from
With constant effort being put out by New York Tech throughout the game the Bears found what they were fighting for; the back of the net. The Bears battled
with the Panthers all the way till the 81st minute with Bjarney Gunnarsdottir (Reykjavik, Iceland) chipping the ball over back up keeper Erica Wales
(Huntsville, Ala.). Starting keeper Melissa Pyles (Port Orange, Fla.) combined with Wales for the win working a first half shutout.
Florida Tech moves to 2-0 on the season and will meet Embry-Riddle on Sunday, August 27th, at 5:00 p.m. in Daytona Beach.
Soccer Game Summary (Final)
2006 Florida Tech Women’s Soccer
New York Tech vs Florida Tech (8/25/06 at Melbourne, FL)
New York Tech (0-2) vs. Florida Tech (2-0)
Date: 8/25/06 Attendance: 83
Weather: Sunny & Early
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
New York Tech……. 0 1 – 1
Florida Tech…….. 5 1 – 6
1. 7:49 FTW Therese Svensson (1) (Miranda Tessier) – Miranda pass through defense to Svensson touch pass goalie
2. 14:58 FTW Rachel Devlin (1) (Teresa Brantley) – Corner; shorty pass to #3; volley to #5
3. 18:33 FTW Rocio Hernandez (3) (Ericka Hildreth) – Header off corner
4. 31:10 FTW Teresa Brantley (3) (unassisted) – Dribbled through back line
5. 34:07 FTW Teresa Brantley (4) (Ericka Hildreth) – Give an go 18 to 3
6. 54:33 FTW Rocio Hernandez (4) (Ericka Hildreth) – Header on corner
7. 80:07 NYITW Gunnarsdottir, B. (unassisted) – Chip over goalie
Shots: New York Tech 9, Florida Tech 15
Saves: New York Tech 1 (Ament, Jenna 1), Florida Tech 4 (Melissa Pyles
2; Erica Wales 1; TEAM 1)
Rain delay from 8/25/06
Assistant Sports Information Director