BOCA RATON - It took over four hours and 30 minutes for the women of Florida Southern (3-5-2, 1-1-1 in SSC) and Lynn (3-6-2 , 3-3-1 in SSC) to decide their match with not one, but two lightning delays occurring in the second half to delay the game. With Lynn scoring in the first half and the Moccasins scoring early in the second the game ended after double overtime with a 1-1 tie.
Both teams came out to start the game putting pressure on one another early but it was Lynn who opened the scoring as Lauren Handley sent a corner kick into a gaggle of players from both teams. Kirstie Schults would find the ball and head it just past Mocs sophomore goalkeeper Erin Moseley (Jacksonville, Fla.).
Sophomore Auburn Cherry (New Port Richey, Fla.) had back-to-back scoring opportunities in the middle of the first half for the Mocs, right after entering the game, as her first chance went just left of the net in the 29th minute and in the 30th minute her shot went right over the top of the crossbar.
Lynn would close out the half with three shots in the final five minutes but Moseley would save a shot on goal with 30 seconds left before halftime to keep Lynn’s lead to 1-0.
The longer of the two lightning delays happened shortly after the Moccasins equalized the game on a Caroline Evers (Valrico, Fla.) goal in the 46th minute. The Mocs came out of the halftime break pushing to tie the game when sophomore Jackie Metz (Vero Beach, Fla.) took the ball from near midfield and worked the ball towards Evers, who would then maneuver the ball to the top of the box and send it in over the outstretched arms of the goalkeeper. It was Evers team leading fourth goal on the season and Metz’s first assist on the year.
It was not even four minutes after Evers goal as the horn sounded on the campus of Lynn University warning of lightening in the area. The players and coaches would wait out the delay for close to an hour and 45 minutes before being able to resume the second half.
After play was stopped in the 50th minute the women would get underway and make it to the 66th minute before the second lightening delay struck. Not too far before the start of the second delay, junior Kara Moore (Fleming Island, Fla.)put a shot off the goalkeepers finger tips and the crossbar.
Only a thirty minute delay was needed before the women would again take the field only needing to play a little under four minutes to make the game official.
Another stoppage wouldn’t come though as Lynn and FSC would duke it out till the end of regulation to force overtime. Lynn came close to putting the game winning goal in the net late in the second half when a hard free kick right outside the box would be stopped by Moseley.
The Mocs would dominate almost all of the first overtime period as Evers would shoot twice and FSC would also receive two corner kicks during the ten minute stretch.
Moseley however would come up big again, this time in the second overtime when both teams were pressuring to find that game-winning goal. The goalkeeper would see three shots come her way between the 106th and 107th minutes saving two of them. The sophomore would have a total of nine saves on the night and bring her season total up to 48 saves.
Florida Southern will take on Saint Leo Monday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.in the second rescheduled date as the last two time the Mocs have tried to play Saint Leo in a conference match were called due to weather and field conditions.