DeLand, Fla. –Defense reigned supreme for the Stetson University women's soccer team Thursday night as it held down a vigorous North Florida offense through 110 minutes as the Hatters and the Ospreys played to a scoreless draw at the ATC.
In the first half, the Ospreys found early opportunities as UNF had four shots within the first nine minutes of action, but were unable to find the back of the Hatters net. Stetson's Kyleigh Thelen
took a shot off a free kick about 40 yards out but was saved by the Osprey keeper. Georgia Place
had a late shot on goal but could not find the back of the net as the match remained scoreless heading into intermission
The Ospreys (8-2-2, 3-1-1) set the pace in the second half as UNF had three shots within the first six minutes of play but nothing to show as the Hatters defense continued to lock down the North Florida offense. The Hatters (5-7-2, 2-2-1) found opportunities in the 69' and 74' but could not get passed the Osprey keeper and after 90 minutes, the match held scoreless.
In the first overtime period, neither offense found a shot opportunity, but in the second overtime, Chloe Washington
almost ended the match on a shot in the 103' as the Osprey keeper tipped the ball out over the crossbar and after 110 minutes, the Hatters and Ospreys finished scoreless.
Thelen and Place paced the Stetson offense with a combined five shots between the two. Sarah Grimmett
earned her third shutout keeping the UNF offense off the board.
"The game plan execution was great, and we showed great heart," said head coach Chris Bergmann
. "We started to finish the game strong in overtime and we're looking forward to the next match."
Stetson's women's soccer team will be back in action on Sunday, Oct. 10 as the Hatters head to Lynchburg, Virginia to take on the Liberty University Flames. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
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