The Barry Buccaneers came to Melbourne on Saturday and took home a 2-1 victory over the Florida Tech Panthers in a Sunshine State Conference match.
The win moved Barry to 12-0-1, including 7-0-1 in the conference, while the Panthers fell to 6-7-1 overall and 3-4 in the conference.
Maria Sanchez Recuero made this game a lot closer than it should have been, as she turned away 12 Buccaneers shots. Barry took 29 shots on the night, 14 of them were on goal. Of those 29, 20 of them came in the first half.
Florida Tech took seven shots all night, only three were on goal.
Even with all those statistics going against them early, the Panthers got on the board first with a goal by Taylor Eller, who beat Barry goalie Melanie Ziegner one-on-one with 29:33 gone in the game.
Barry took four shots on goal within minutes of the Eller goal and Recuero saved them all. The Bucs also had two more shots blocked in that time. Despite all the pressure from Barry, the Panthers held a 1-0 lead at the half.
Unfortunately, the lead didn’t last much longer for Florida Tech, as it took just 56 seconds for Christy Grimshaw to make good on a penalty kick and tie the game 1-1.
The game-winning goal came with just over 33 minutes left in the match when Barry’s Molly Sharpe beat Recuero to give the visitors a 2-1 lead. It was a lead they would not relinquish.
The Panthers would get a few more shots on goal, including two from Maria Munoz that Ziegner was able to save.
For more info: Barry @ Florida Tech Box Score
The Panthers will play their final home game of 2018 on Wednesday night against the Lynn Fighting Knights. Senior Night festivities will take place before the 7:00 p.m. game.