Armstrong uses five goals from four players to blank No. 19 Florida Tech
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Armstrong Atlantic State started quickly and never let up in a 5-0 victory against No. 19 Florida Tech.
The Pirates improved to 1-1-1 with their largest margin of victory versus a nationally-ranked foe, handing Florida Tech (2-1) its first loss of the season.
Armstrong scored just 18 seconds into the match when senior Nadima Skeff dribbled between two defenders and shot the ball into the upper ninety, beating Florida Tech keeper Emma Ahlstrand for the quickest goal to start a match in Pirate history.
The Pirates stretched the lead to 2-0 in the 21st minute on a turn and shot by junior Andye Dawson from the left side that beat Kohlstrand near post, off of a feed from Danielle Fey.
Senior Kristina Pascutti netted her second goal of the season in the 27th minute when she ran down a long free kick from Emily Cattanach and slotted a shot underneath Ahlstrand for a 3-0 lead heading into halftime.
After halftime, senior Morgan Mitchell notched a pair of goals to put the match out of reach. Mitchell headed in a cross from Cattanach in the 56th minute, then capitalized on a scramble at the top of the box to punch in a loose ball in the 62nd minute for the final tally of the match.
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"I was really pleased with our performance today," Armstrong head soccer coach Eric Faulconer said. "We scored some great goals and defended very well. Our team really responded after the results from our opening weekend."
Armstrong enjoyed an 18-10 edge in shots for the match as both teams notched four corner kicks apiece.
Sophomore Maggie Carsonnotched notched a pair of saves in 57 minutes of action to pick up the win while substitute keeper Morgan Luckie collected two saves in 33 minutes.
Ahlstrand made four saves, but gave up four goals for Florida Tech in 55 minutes of action.
Substitute keeper Amie Cross made two saves and gave up one goal in 35 minutes.