Panthers Finish Off Regular Season Play With Win Over Tritons
All three of Tech’s seniors honored today had a hand in the 3-0 shut-out of Eckerd
MELBOURNE, Fla. The Florida Tech Panthers (7-7-2, 3-4-1) finished off regular season play with a 3-0 victory over SSC opponent Eckerd College Tritons
(3-14-0, 1-6-0) completing their season with the young programs’ best record to date. The Panthers finished up at .500 for the year.
Three seniors were honored today in the opening ceremony including midfielder Megan Kramer (Satellite Beach, Fla.), forward Kelli Huarte (Manteca, Calif.)
and midfielder Lori Shields (Camp Humphreys, South Korea). Each of these three seniors had a hand in today’s conference shut-out against Eckerd.
The Panthers came out strong after Huarte was shoved in the box drawing a penalty kick for the Panthers. Kramer took the PK shot and notched the first and
eventual game winner for the Panthers finishing off her collegiate career with a bang.
The score was 1-0 at the half with Tech out shooting the Tritons 7-4 in the first half. Coming back after the fifteen minute break the Panthers struck at
the 52nd minute when Huarte pocketed the second goal off a cross from the right side by junior midfielder Danielle Emhoff (Canton, Conn.). This would prove
to be Huarte’s 15th goal on the season, placing her 2nd in the SSC for goals.
The final goal came about four minutes later at the 56th minute when sophomore forward Ericka Hildreth grabbed her 10th goal clinching the victory. Shields
made a quick pass to junior midfielder Miranda Tessier (Vero Beach, Fla.) who sliced it up the middle to Hildreth. Hildreth than proceeded to flick the
ball over the freshmen keeper Laura Dunn’s (Memphis, Tenn.) head and notch the final goal into an open net.
Sophomore goal keeper Ericka Wales (6-6) tallied her 2nd full shut-out on the season. Wales stopped two shots on goal for the game facing eight shots all
together by the Tritons. Dunn suffered the loss with six saves and three goals against.