No. 1 EFSC Women’s Soccer Faces No. 2 Darton On Friday In Georgia
By Mark DeCotis // September 17, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Number one versus number two.
That’s the script for Friday’s 7 p.m. match between Eastern Florida’s and Darton College’s women’s soccer teams in Albany, Georgia.
Eastern Florida, the consensus national No. 1 for the first time in its six years as a program, is 3-0 while Darton, the consensus No. 2, is 5-0.
The NJCAA and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) conduct the polls.
Eastern Florida’s Titans have scored 13 goals and allowed four while Darton has scored 38 goals and conceded two.
The Titans defeated Andrew College 3-0; Southwestern Illinois 6-1 and Lewis & Clark 4-3, all at the Titan Soccer Complex on the Melbourne Campus.
Darton beat Spartanburg Methodist 8-0; Broward College 4-2; Georgia Military 10-0; and Gordon State and Abraham Baldwin both 8-0, all in Georgia.
The No. 1 vs. No. 2 match-up is the first ever for the Titans.
“Is this a big game?” asked Titans head coach Jeff Carr. “Sure it is for both us and Darton. At the same time it’s another step toward our season’s goals as it is for Darton.
“While our Region 8 games are the ones that determine whether we get to the postseason a game like this gives us a real good idea of the quality of teams we will encounter if we are fortunate enough to get to the postseason.”
Freshman Paula Astiazaran leads Eastern Florida in scoring with six goals. She also has two assists for a team-high 14 points.
Sophomores and twins Abbie and Briana Camargo lead in assists with four each. Abbie Camargo set the school record for assists last season with 16.
The twins have two goals each. Freshman Julia Hernandez also has two goals.
Freshman goalkeeper Steff Barreras has allowed three goals and recorded five saves in 205 minutes. Sophomore Asmara Holmes has allowed no goals and made three saves in 65 minutes.
For Darton, sophomore Kell Hoffius has a team-high seven goals. Freshmen Brit Evans and Veera Viitikko have four each. Five players have two assists each.
Freshman goalkeeper Abby Whiteside has allowed two goals and made four saves in 225 minutes. Sophomore Krista Moisio has allowed no goals and made two saves in 135 minutes.
Friday is the first of two encounters this season between Eastern Florida and Darton. The Cavaliers return the visit, journeying to play Eastern Florida in Melbourne on Oct. 16.
The teams played to a 2-2 first-round tie in last year’s NJCAA Women’s Division I National Championship tournament in Melbourne. The Titans advanced to the semifinals where they lost to eventual national champion Monroe College on penalty kicks after a 0-0 double overtime draw.
The tournament will be held on the Melbourne Campus for the fourth straight year Nov. 16-21. The Titans host through 2016.