VIDEO: EFSC Women’s Soccer Advances To Postseason
By Mark DeCotis, Eastern Florida State College // October 13, 2014
ABOVE VIDEO: Eastern Florida’s women’s soccer team scored two second-half goals and survived a frenetic finish to earn its fourth consecutive postseason bid last week on the Melbourne Campus. The 2-1 victory over NJCAA Region 8 foe Polk State College qualified the Titans to host the NJCAA District H title game on Nov. 8 on the Melbourne Campus against the Mississippi representative.
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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida’s women’s soccer team scored three second-half goals on Saturday to defeat Illinois Central College 3-0 on the Melbourne Campus.
The victory improved Eastern Florida’s record to 8-0. EFSC is ranked third nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and fourth by the NJCAA.
Illinois Central fell to 1-12-1.
The teams played a scoreless first half. While Eastern Florida had the better of the play the Titans couldn’t find the net while their goalkeeper freshman Denise Rodriguez kept the visitors at bay with several saves.
EFSC finally broke through when freshman defender Mariah Lewis scored her first goal of the season just 1 minute and 15 seconds into the half, finding the upper left of the net.
Freshman Abbie Camargo made it 2-0 at the 33:20 mark on a free kick. Freshman Kaleigh Davis closed the scoring with her first goal of the season at the 29:16 mark.
Assists when to Davis and sophomore Jamie Perriello.
The victory did not sit well with Eastern Florida head coach Jeff Carr.
“The effort was poor, I was very disappointed at half, I could have yelled and screamed but I didn’t,” Carr said.
“I just said ‘we’re just going through the motions.’ Our warm up was poor, they weren’t very serious and it showed. We’re fortunate.
“We had tons and tons of opportunities, I don’t think we seemed that concerned about actually finishing any of them.”
EFSC fired off 35 shots to four for Illinois Central.
“They had a couple of chances early,” Carr said of the visitors. “We were so lackadaisical out there. They came on a bit and we probably gave them hope at halftime when it’s 0-0, having won only one game all year.
“We got the result. It wasn’t very pretty. It was poor to say the least.”
Eastern Florida’s season continues with games next Friday and Saturday in Texas against nationally ranked foes Tyler Junior College at 5 p.m. Central time on Friday and Cisco College at 4 p.m. Central time on Saturday.
The Titans visit Polk State at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 in Auburndale and close their regular season with a 6 p.m. Oct. 24 home game against foe Broward College. The game will be telecast live on WEFS-TV and streamed live at www.njcaatv.com/efsc
Eastern Florida has scored 32 goals on the season and allowed four.