LAKELAND – Sophomore Ericka Hildreth (Cocoa Beach, FL) scored the tying goal less than three minutes into the second half, and senior Megan Kramer
(Satellite Beach, Florida) scored the game-winner in the 73rd minute to lead Florida Tech to a 2-1 win over Florida Southern in women’s soccer.
The Moccasins (3-7-2, 1-4) had taken a 1-0 lead late in the first half when the Panthers (5-4-1, 1-1) were unable to clear the ball during a Florida
Southern attack. Freshman midfielder Emma Sundkvist stepped in and blasted a loose ball from the top of the box into the net for her first goal of the year
with 7:17 to play before halftime.
After being out-shot 12-5 in the first half, Florida Tech turned the game around in the second by out-shooting Florida Southern 10-6. The Panthers
scored on the first of those 10 shots just 2:44 into the second half. Danielle Eason (Melbourne, FL) who had checked into the match to start the period,
drove the ball down the left side for Hildreth, who beat a defender into the box and fired a shot to the far post for her sixth goal of the year.
Kramer then scored her goal with 17:29 remaining from almost the same spot in the box after Hildreth had won the ball for Florida Tech to give her team the
opportunity. It was Kramer’s first goal of the season.
Facing 18 shots on the night, Florida Tech goalkeeper Erica Wales (Huntsville, AL) made six saves, her best coming in the 64th minute with the game still
tied. Awarded a free kick just outside the penalty box, the Moccasins tried to take it before the Panthers were set. Amy Clampitt-Holsenbeck hit a low hard
shot to the near post but Wales dove to her left to stop the ball on the line.
It was a night of near misses for the Moccasins, and especially Clampitt-Holsenbeck who drilled a shot in the first half off the cross bar and had her
follow-up header stopped by Wales. Linda Hoglund also grazed the goal post in the first half and came away empty.
Florida Southern will return to the field Tuesday night when it hosts Webber International at 7:00 while Florida Tech will play again Sunday afternoon at