Panthers Claim First-Ever Win over Division I Opponent
MELBOURNE, Fla. — The Florida Tech women’s soccer team posted its second consecutive shutout and claimed the program’s first-ever victory over a Division
I opponent, defeating in-state rival North Florida 2-0 earlier today at Rick Stottler Field.
With the win, the Panthers avenged a 2-0 loss to the Ospreys in Florida Tech’s first-ever women’s soccer game played on August 28, 2003.
The match appeared as if it would be a scoreless affair at halftime, but Miranda Tessier (Vero Beach, Florida) converted a Tara Eugenides (Dade City,
Florida) free kick from 25 yards out with just eight seconds left in the period to put the Panthers ahead 1-0.
Eight minutes into the second half, Florida Tech (4-4-1) added an unassisted goal from Ericka Hildreth (Cocoa Beach, Florida) who booted in a rebound off a
North Florida defender and gave the Panthers an insurmountable 2-0 lead.
North Florida (3-5-1) outshot the Panthers 9-7, including a 5-1 edge in the second half. The Ospreys also claimed a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.
Florida Tech goalkeeper Erica Wales (Huntsville, Alabama) played all 90 minutes and earned her first collegiate shut out, tallying two saves in the match.
North Florida’s starting keeper Rachael Howard (St. Petersburg, Florida) suffered the loss allowing the winning goal by Tech and tallying one save. The
Osprey’s second half keeper Heather Gosselin (Jacksonville Beach, Florida) also registered one goal against for the match.
Florida Tech will look to climb above the .500 mark when the Panthers face Sunshine State Conference foe Florida Southern at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October
7th in Lakeland.