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Panthers and Mocs Battle to Draw

Header Photo: Maria Sanchez Recuero  – Credit: Florida Tech Athletics

The No. 20 Florida Tech Panthers got all they could handle from the visiting Florida Southern Moccasins on Saturday night as the two teams played to a scoreless draw after 110 minutes of soccer.

The Panthers (4-2-3, 1-2-2 SSC) won in overtime on Wednesday at Eckerd, but could not break the ice on Saturday. Their best chance came at 58:14 when Alyssa Bartle was awarded a penalty kick. She got off a good shot but Florida Southern goalie Jenny Staten guessed right and made the diving save. It was one of seven saves for Staten on the night.

Florida Tech goalkeeper Maria Sanchez Recuero registered another clean sheet on Saturday as well, making two saves. This was her fifth shutout of the season. The Panthers outshot the Mocs 12-7.

Emily Swope thought she got it by Staten in the 83rd minute but Staten had the ball tucked away, just as Swope thought it went over the line, as she put her hands on her head as she ran away from the net without a goal.

Panthers head coach Ryan Moon was shown a yellow card 40 seconds into overtime and his team almost ended the match in the last 10 seconds of the first overtime as a corner kick came into the box and the ball was headed into the net but the Panthers were called offsides sending the game into the final overtime.

In the second overtime, Kate Frazier got two shorts off in 15 seconds, but came up empty. 

For more info: Florida Southern @ Florida Tech Box Score 

The Panthers dominated on corner kicks 12-4. There were 27 fouls in the match, 14 against Florida Tech.

The Panthers are back at Rick Stottler Field on Tuesday to take on the second ranked team in the country, Columbus State. Please note the start time of 1:00 p.m.