Top-20 Soccer Moments at Barnett Field, #19 (September 16, 1999)

Top-20 Soccer Moments at Barnett Field, #19 (September 16, 1999)

Women's soccer was added to the Florida Southern athletic department in 1998 and joined the men's team in calling Barnett Field home for the next 19 years. The first game in the program's history would be a logical one to have on our top-20 countdown, but it's not the one presented at No. 19. Instead, the first women's soccer game on the list comes from September 16, 1999, and though it was not the Moccasins' first win, the 5-4 decision over Rollins was their first conference win.

Florida Southern and Rollins had already seen each other play twice that year with the Moccasins playing in a tournament hosted by the Tars less than two weeks before they met in their Sunshine State Conference opener. Since they had also played each other twice in 1998, the two sides were extremely familiar with each other.

The Moccasins had been held to three goals in their first four games but nearly matched that total in the first 20 minutes against the Tars. A penalty kick by Liane Muise put them ahead in the 13th minute, and when Carolyn Seabury's header off a corner kick from Heather Swadling hit the net in the 18th minute, the Mocs were up 2-0. The Tars got on the board in the 24th minute when Alicia Milyak buried a shot from 25 yards, and the score remained 2-1 at halftime.

A goal by Etta Smith in the 51st minute made it 3-1 Florida Southern, but things really got interesting a little bit later. Over the final 16½ minutes, the teams combined for five goals and needed just six shots to do it. The Moccasins scored on both of their shots and the Tars scored on three of four. Through it all, the Mocs never gave up their advantage, but a 5-2 lead with less than six minutes to play almost wasn't enough.

Goals by Kristal Whelpley in the 80th minute and Muise in the 85th were what gave Florida Southern its commanding three-goal lead, but 10 seconds after Muise scored for the Moccasins, Milyak scored for Rollins almost directly on the kickoff. She struck again with 36 seconds remaining, pulling the Tars within a single goal for the third time in the match, but that was as close as they got. The Moccasins were able to keep possession for most of the final 36 seconds without allowing another shot and held on for their 5-4 win.

The Moccasins ended up scoring on five of their 10 shots in the game, with Muise involved in three of those goals (two goals and one assist). Whelpley played a role in two of them with one goal and one assist. Rollins scored on four of its 16 shots with Milyak recording a hat trick. Milyak, who graduated from Rollins in 2002, is now the Tars' head coach.

The 5-4 win by Florida Southern remained the only time in team history the Moccasins played a game in which both teams scored at least four goals until the 2017 regular season finale when Florida Southern and Lynn played to a 5-5 draw in Boca Raton.