UWF Women’s Soccer Falls in Conference Championship Match 2-1 to Montevallo.

first_img Nov. 4, 2007 Box Score  PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of Montevallo Women’s Soccer team denied West Florida’s bid for back to back Conference Championships. Last year, the Argos defeated Ouachita Baptist 1-0 to win the Gulf South Conference Championship. This season the Argonauts were undefeated in regular season conference matches, and the #1 seed in the tournament. West Florida had just beaten Montevallo last week in the final regular season match, but the Falcons got revenge today, to capture the Conference title. The Argos scored first, and Montevallo tied it before halftime, and then got the game winner from Kami Kapaku at the 85th minute to cap off an exciting second half.”When you have two very good teams, it is very tough for one team to win twice in a short span,” exclaimed West Florida Head Coach Joe Bartlinski. “We won last week and had our chances today, but Montevallo was facing elimination from the post-season, and it is tough to play a team with that mindset, especially when they are a quality team with a quality coach.” West Florida (15-3) most likely will get a bid to the national tournament next week; However, Montevallo (13-7) needed a win today to get in the post season tournament.The UWF Women’s Soccer team known for its’ defense started the Championship match with a flurry of offense in the early going. Only 4:52 into the match, the Argos were taking their second corner kick, and Brandi Adams kicked it nicely into the box, where Dernelle Mascall headed into the goal, for a quick 1-0 lead.Just a few minutes later, Mascall got a lead from Naila Owens, made a nifty move and drilled in what appeared to be her second goal in the first 18 minutes; however, the whistle blew just as she was getting off her shot, and it was offsides UWF. Montevallo would dodge two more great chances by UWF as Jodi Galucci and Brandi Adams had solid shots on the goal in the next several minutes, that just missed. As it turned out, that sequence was a hugh turning point in the match.Midway thru the first half, Montevallo had a great chance at a goal on a shot from Brittany Correia, which was blocked by UWF keeper Courtney Jones, and the rebound was almost kicked in by the Falcons Erin Duncan. However, Argo defender Marie Hastings was able to clear it out. That would be the only shot on goal for the Falcons in the first 35 minutes, while West Florida had four shots on goal in the early going. However, Montevallo garned some offensive momentum and put together back to back shots on the goal, in which one finally made it past Courtney Jones.Montevallo’s Angela Buonassisi scored at 36:25 into the first half, with her first goal of the season. Her shot came just after a shot by Natalie Martineau was blocked by Jones. The goal was the first allowed by Jones and the Argos in over 900 minutes of play. The first half would end with the scored tied 1-1.The second half was a hard fought intensely played 45 minutes. UWF had several corner kicks, but couldn’t take advantage. At the same time Sheka Codner, Anastasia Prescott and Linda Ganehed limited the opportunities for Montevallo with great defense and good footwork in getting the ball back out to the midfielders. In all, the Argos outshot the Falcons 18-10, but Montevallo ended up taking advantage of their few opportunities with the goal that mattered the most.Montevallo’s Kami Kapaku put a header in with five miutes remaining off a pass from Jo-Anne McCarthy, to beat the keeper from the right side. The Argos would get a shot attempt from Alison Riley with two minutes left that was blocked, and one last chance with a corner kick from Brandi Adams, that was deflected away. The Argos great run of shutouts ended, but hopefully the season is not over. West Florida should receive a bid to the national tournament which begins next week. Coach Bartlinski was disappointed with the loss, but knows he has a young team with a promising future, and some of the future could be real soon. “We have got to get refocused and move into the post-season, we still have some big fish to fry.” Bartlinski and his team will await word from the NCAA on the post-season bid. Print Friendly Version Share UWF Women’s Soccer Falls in Conference Championship Match 2-1 to Montevallo.last_img

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