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Florida Tech Scores Upset in Women’s SSC Quarterfinal

Taylor Eller scored the game-winning goal for the Panthers on Tuesday.
Photo credit: James Ragan Photography

The Sixth-ranked Florida Tech Panthers traveled to Auburndale Florida Tuesday, to take on third-ranked Florida Southern in a Sunshine State Conference women’s soccer quarterfinal. Taylor Eller‘s goal with 19:06 left in the contest gave Florida Tech a 2-1 come-from-behind victory.

The upset-minded Panthers (8-7-2) matched the Moccasins for the first 45 minutes, as the two teams played a scoreless half that saw both teams combine for nine shots. Florida Tech took six of them, with Mocs goalie Helena Norrstrom having to make five saves. Panthers goalie Karlyn Prisco was not credited with a save in the half.

Maria Munoz led the Panthers with two shots on goal in the first half and led her team with three shots overall.

The Panthers drew first blood 5:36 into the second half when Brittany Etrick headed down a free-kick from Kiana Zanganeh and put the Panthers up 1-0.

Florida Southern tied things up on an unlikely goal from Anna Griessler, who took a shot from 35 yards out and got a lucky bounce off the crossbar, tying the game at one, with 25:28 to go.

The Panthers got a corner kick that was taken  Monica Zabian with 19:29 remaining and the Mocs failed to clear it. It fell to the feet of Eller, who drove it home from 10 yards out. The Panthers earned their 2-1 advantage and they hung on the rest of the way.

Prisco made two saves in the second half, while Norrstrom had one. The win was the fifth for the Panthers against Florida Southern since 2013.

For more info: Florida Tech @ Florida Southern Box Score

Next up for the Panthers is a Friday night semifinal matchup against the #2 seed Barry Buccaneers (9-2-2). The game will be played at Nova Southeastern at 4:30 p.m.