LAKELAND, Fla. – Caitlin Quaempts tied the match up in the 59th but Florida Southern College women's soccer fell 2-1 at Saint Leo on Saturday night. Jenny Staten made a career-high eight saves on the night for the Mocs (4-8-2, 1-6-2 SSC) but the Lions (6-9-1, 3-6-0 SSC) put home the game-winning goal in the 67th minute.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Lions offense dominated the half as they wasted no time, Rebecca Niblett fired off a shot right at Staten just 43 seconds into the match. In the seventh minute, Kaitlyn Svopa recorded the Mocs' first shot as she sent a ball over the top of the goal. Staten made back-to-back saves off shots by Niblett and Nina Mueller in a 33-second span. After Raylyn Straubmuller put a shot over the top of the goal the Lions would get the ball back and take charge down the field. In the 31st minute, Mueller put her second shot on goal of the first half to give the home team a 1-0 advantage. Erin Cagle recorded her first shot of the night right at the goal only to be denied by the Lions defense. Saint Leo would head into the halftime break with a 1-0 lead.
- The Lions duo of Mueller and Niblett recorded another pair of back-to-back shots as Staten made two more saves on the night to keep the Mocs deficit at one. In the 59th minute, senior Quaempts took a pass from Amy Volk and fired home equalizer. Looking to give the visitors a lead, Rachel Peck sent a ball over the top of the goal in the 63rd minute. Following an offside call against the Lions in the 66th minute, they would get the ball back and a minute later Mueller took a ball from Lindsey Blum and slotted a shot home to give Saint Leo a 2-1 advantage. Kailin Wiley nearly tied the match up as she had a shot blocked in the box by the Lions defense.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
● Staten made a career-high eight saves on the night as the Lions recorded 15 shots on the night.
● Florida Southern was outshot by Saint Leo, 15-10 and had seven corners to the Lions five.
● The Moccasins are now 10-13-2 all-time against the Lions, including a 2-9 mark in Saint Leo.
The Mocs will close out the 2019 season with a makeup a match at Tampa (Nov. 6).