Following the postponement of their match against Palm Beach Atlantic last Wednesday, the Florida Tech Women’s Soccer team was home to take on Lynn on Saturday and came away with a hard-earned 1-0 win. The victory snapped a three-game losing streak for the Panthers.
Keira McCarthy scored on a penalty kick in the first half and it held up, in a defensive battle that saw each team take just nine shots. Florida Tech Goalie Karlyn Prisco turned away just two shots, while Fighting Knights goaltender Alexa Downie had eight shots come her way, saving seven.
Prisco made her only save of the first half in the 27th minute against Claudia Kraut and notched her fifth win of the season, four of those are shutouts.
The key play in the game came in the 31st minute when Elin Svensson found McCarthy with a pass inside the box. McCarthy was taken down, resulting in a penalty kick. She beat Downie on the ensuing penalty kick with 30:10 gone in the half and with that, got her seventh goal of the season.
Downie bounced back and saved another shot by Aubri Williamson, just over three minutes later and the two teams went to the locker room with that one goal on the board.
Lynn came out firing to start the second half, getting three shots and five corner kicks in the first eight minutes of the half. Only one of those shots made it on goal and was saved by Prisco at 52:52. Meanwhile, the Panthers (6-3, 2-3 SSC) kept the pressure on in the second half, forcing Downie to make five saves.
Maria Munoz and McCarthy each had shots on goal, while Williamson took three more shots at Downie. All of them were saved. All five of Williamson’s shots were on goal, but she just couldn’t find the back of the net.
For more info: Lynn @ Florida Tech Box Score
The Panthers will hit the road this Wednesday, as they pay a visit to three-time defending NCAA Division II National Champion, Grand Valley State, who is ranked number one nationally. The game is set for a 7:00 p.m. start.