Lauren Moore Scores a Pair as Spartans Blank SailfishOctober 13, 2012
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – In a non-conference match against an NCAA South Region opponent, the No. 24 University of Tampa (11-3-1) women’s soccer team traveled to Palm Beach Atlantic University (6-3) and came away with a 2-0 win over the Sailfish.
"I was very happy with our application today on a tight field in blustery conditions,” says head coach Gerry Lucey. “We weren't able to play the type of soccer we like against a defensive side. We had a few issues in terms of our quality in the final third.”
A pair of Lauren Moore goals paced the Spartans as the sophomore forward netted scores in both the 23rd and 63rd minutes. In her first goal, she headed a Courtney Peffley corner kick into the back of the PBA net, and would score on another header off a Cina Salemi free kick on her second goal.
Moore led all Spartans with six shots, including four on goal. Cici Gonzalez, Jess Frank and Gabby Russo each added three shots as UT outshot its opponent 22-4. Tampa also registered 12 shots on goal, as the Sailfish tallied just four.
“However, our ability to adapt was good and we found a way to win,” states Lucey. “Fortunately we have been successful on set pieces this year and Lauren scored two nice headers.”
Kori Butterfield recorded her second consecutive shutout, holding the Sailfish scoreless while turning away four PBA shots.
“Our focus immediately turns to Nova on Tuesday and trying to get another SSC win,” comments Lucey. “We need to improve each day if we want to make a strong final run.”
The Spartans return to SSC play on Tuesday against Nova Southeastern University at 6 p.m. Live stats and webcast will be available through TampaSpartans.tv.
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