LAKELAND, Fla. - Florida Southern College women's soccer dropped its final home match of the 2019 season to Barry University on Saturday afternoon. In a match that featured 85 minutes of scoreless action and roughly a 75-minute weather delay, the Mocs (4-6-2, 1-4-2 SSC) were able to keep the hold pace against a very potent Buccaneer (6-6-0, 5-2-0 SSC) offense. In the 86th minute, Sophia Sharos was able to knock one past Jenny Staten.
HOW IT HAPPENED
● In the fifth minute, Florida Southern's Madison Hald had the game's first shot as she sent a ball wide right of the net. Off a corner kick from the Mocs, Hailey Surrency fired off a shot right into the Barry defender. At the 19-minute mark of the first half, Courtney Chomko fired off her first shot on goal of the afternoon as she sent one right at Maddie Hart-Pomerantz. Amy Volk made her presence known as she nearly missed a prime chance to put the Mocs on the board.
● Staten made her first save on the day as she pushed a shot off the foot of Ari Cerezuela off-target to keep the match in a scoreless tie. Alexa Moberley almost snuck a ball past Hart-Pomerantz as she squeezed through the Barry defense and the Bucs keeper was right there to make the save in the 40th minute. Just before the half, Sofia de la Puente took a ball to the right side of the box and saw her shot stopped by Staten. The Mocs and the Bucs would head into the halftime break in a scoreless tie. Just as halftime was ending the weather hit and to a delay we went. The delay lasted 75 minutes.
● Barry's Cerezuela opened the second half with a shot to the bottom of the goal that Staten was ready to make her third save of the night. Chomko made her way down the field and fired a shot right to the diving Hart-Pomerantz. From the top of the box in a crowded space, Rachel Peck saw a chance to give the Mocs a lead she sent one on target but the Bucs keeper was there to keep the match scoreless. In the 86th minute, Sophia Sharos took a ball off the head of Sarah Wignall and sent it past Staten to give the Bucs a late lead in the match. The Mocs would put the pressure on the Bucs in the final four minutes as they looked to fire home the equalizer however it was only the Bucs' Tash Hudson who was able to record a shot in the final seconds of the match.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
● The Mocs defense has helped keep the opposition to single-digit shots as Staten three saves on the afternoon.
● For the sixth time, this season and the second-straight match the Mocs have held the opposition to single-digit shots.
● Florida Southern outshot Barry, 10-9 and the Mocs edged the Bucs on corners with a 5-4 advantage.
● The Moccasins are now 7-17-1 all-time against the Bucs, including a 4-8 mark in Lakeland.
The remaining matches on the schedule will put the Mocs on the road for the final three matches of 2019. The Mocs will close out the month of October at Embry-Riddle (Oct. 30). The final month of the season will feature contests at Saint Leo (Nov. 2) and a makeup match at Tampa (Nov. 6).