Dec. 4, 2008

Courtesy GoArgos.com

TAMPA, Fla. - The West Florida women's soccer team kept their shutout streak alive as they defeated St. Rose 4-0 in the NCAA Semifinals at Pepin Stadium on Thursday night. UWF received goals from Jodi Galucci, Dernelle Mascall, Jordan Stone, and Shaneka Gordon and improved to 24-0-1 on the season.

"Coming into the game we didn't know what to expect," said UWF Head Coach Joe Bartlinski. "Early in the match we wanted to see what they were going to do. We had to work hard for all of our goals; they didn't give us anything."

Early in the match the Argos had a tough time maintaining possession against a very athletic St. Rose team. Jodi Galucci (Stuart, Fla./South Fork HS) got the Argos on board when she found open space in the middle and dribbled past the keeper for an open net. It was a tough angle for Galucci but fortunately she was able to bury it in the back of the net.

"The key to our success this season," explained Galucci, "has been everyone playing for each other and striving for the same goal, a national championship."

The Argos took their 1-0 lead into the second half when the offense exploded for three goals putting the game out of reach. Dernelle Mascall (Basse terre, Moruga, Trinidad/Mobile) scored the first second half goal in the 59th minute when she beat Golden Knight keeper Shannon Murphy for her 18th goal of the season.

Freshman, Jordan Stone (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./Fort Walton Beach HS) made the most out of her limited playing time when she found the back of the net in the 69th minute on a beautiful header sent from Mascall. National Player of the Year Shaneka Gordon (Old Harbour, Jamaica/Community College of Baltimore) added the fourth and final goal of the match. Gordon found some open space through a couple of defenders and fired one in from about 15 yards out for her team leading 23 goal of the season. With the goal Gordon ties the school record from goals scored in a single season set by Mascall last season.

Heading into Saturday's National Championship match, the Argos have outscored their opponents 92-6.

The Argos will square off with Seattle Pacific University on Saturday for the Division II National Championship. Kickoff for the NCAA Championship game is scheduled for 3:30pm ET (2:30 pm CT), and the game will be on national television on CBS College Sports. Fans can also listen to an audio broadcast on www.GoArgos.com and follow live stats on www.TampaSpartans.com.