Mocs Tune-up for 2016 Season With Exhibition Game Against Wales National Team

Mocs Tune-up for 2016 Season With Exhibition Game Against Wales National Team

LAKELAND - In a tune-up for Thursday's season opener at home against 15th-ranked Grand Valley State, Florida Southern faced the Wales National Team in an exhibition game here Tuesday evening at Bryant Stadium. 

The Wales National Team would pick up a win over the fifth-ranked Moccasins in Tuesday's exhibition game, 14-12.

FSC got off to a strong start in Tuesday's game as sophomore midfielder Emily Santoli (Fort Salonga, N.Y.) found the net just about 10 minutes into the game on a man-up free position shot to give the Mocs a 1-0 lead.

Wales, though, would come right back and scored three straight unassisted goals in a span of five minutes to take a 3-1 lead.

The Mocs would pull within 3-2 on a free position goal by freshman attacker Casey O'Brien (Morris Plains, N.J.) with 14:03 left in the opening period. 

Sophie Coombes-Roberts would give Wales a 4-2 lead just 21 seconds later on an unassisted goal. 

After a goal from sophomore defender Meghan Vadala (Rochester, N.Y.) brought the Mocs within a goal at 4-3 with 13:01 remaining, the Wales National Team would two of the next three goals to push its lead to 6-4.

Trailing 6-4, the Mocs used back-to-back goals in a span of nearly two minutes from junior attacker Kendall Kerge (Edgewater, Md.) and sophomore attacker Shannon Gilfedder (Longwood, Fla.) to tie the game at 6. 

Becky Thomas gave the Wales National Team a 7-6 lead at the halftime thanks to a free position goal with 1:18 left in the period.

The visitors, who earlier in the day picked up a 15-10 exhibition win over FSC's Sunshine State Conference rival Rollins in Winter Park, scored two goals in a span of six minutes to give the Wales National Team a 9-6 lead.

FSC, though, wouldn't go away as they used goals from senior attacker Ashley Robertson (Elliott City, Md.), freshman defender Adrianna Mannarelli (Ellicott City, Md.) and redshirt freshman midfielder Shannon Mazza (Kings Park, N.Y.) to tie the game at 9.

The teams would then take turns trading goals as a goal by Kerge with 4:09 left in the game tied the game at 12. FSC's other two goals during the run came from Santoli and freshman attacker Dani Bursinger (Powell, Ohio). 

Amy Adams, Iona Dryden and Coombes-Roberts scored the goals for the Wales National Team.

The Wales National Team would close out the scoring by scoring two goals in the final 62 seconds of the game to seal the exhibition victory.

Kerge and Santoli each had two goals for the Mocs, while sophomore attacker Cayla Shawfield (Oviedo, Fla.) had a goal and three assists for four points, while Bursinger had a goal and two assists for three points in the game. 

Coombes-Roberts and Ros Lloyd Rout did most of the damage offensively for the Wales National Team as Coombes-Roberts had six goals and added an assist for seven points, while Rout scored three goals. Dryden also tallied multiple goals as she finished with two on the night.

The Mocs outshot the Wales National Team, 31-17 and also had 16 draw controls to 12 for the Wales National Team. 

FSC also caused eight turnovers on the night as the Wales National Team finished with 17, while the Mocs had just seven turnovers. FSC was the Division II national statistical champion last season in caused turnovers as they averaged 13.74 caused turnovers per game in 2015.

The Mocs played two goalies on the night as junior Taylor Gillis played the entire first half as she allowed seven goals and had one save, while sophomore Paige Brodbeck (Millersville, Md.) played the entire second half and allowed seven goals and had two saves. 

Erin Walters-Williams played all 60 minutes in goal for the Wales National Team and finished the game with 18 saves and allowed 12 goals.

Florida Southern will open the 2016 season on Thursday, Feb. 18 as they host 15th-ranked Grand Valley State in a 7 p.m. game at Bryant Stadium.