The fourth-ranked Florida Tech Panthers remained unbeaten as they earned a 0-0 draw against No. 11 Lenoir-Rhyne on Friday, after 110 minutes of scoreless soccer in the home opener at Rick Stottler Field.
This was a rough and tumble game throughout as the teams combined for 40 fouls in this match. The match saw six yellow cards handed out with four going against the Panthers.
There was an announcement made prior to the second overtime asking fans to refrain from making derogatory statements toward the officials.
Florida Tech (2-0-1) had 15 shots in this match, including nine on goal. Grayson Cameron was up to the task for the Bears as she made three saves in the first half and six in the second half. Panthers goalie Maria Sanchez Recuero only had to make one save in the entire first half.
The Bears took seven corners to just three for Florida Tech.
The Panthers had a couple good chances in the first half. A long free kick by Jeeda Al-Naber was saved by Grayson Cameron 18:53 into the game and just over two minutes later, a shot by Bryson Boyer traveled through to Cameron, who had to make a diving save.
Vilma Ferdfelt got a shot on goal just prior to the 43rd minute but Cameron again was there to make the stop.
The second half started with a shot by Florida Tech’s Alyssa Bartle, but she came up empty. Lenoir-Rhyne had a great chance in the 60th minute when a header by Scarlett Kelly found the back of the net. The Bears celebrated, but it was short-lived as they did not see the official whistle the play offsides.
Bartle got an opportunity 69:50 into the game but her shot went off the left post. Kate Frazier would have her shot saved by Cameron in the 77th minute, Daniela Tobon and Avery Kloeppel would both have a chance for the Panthers as the second half was winding down, but they were both saved.
Lenoir-Rhyne (1-0-2) got a corner five minutes into the first overtime and the ball was knocked around and controlled by the Bears as they kept the pressure on, but never got a good look at goal.
The second overtime only saw one meaningful shot by either side. The Panthers were booked twice with yellow cards handed out to Kloeppel and Mayara Queiroz Reis 54 seconds apart.
For more info: Lenoir-Rhyne @ Florida Tech Box Score
The Panthers will next host the Colorado School of Mines on Saturday, Sept. 18th at noon.