Explosive Second Half Lifts Argos Over Lions
Nov. 15, 2009
Courtesy West Florida Athletics
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The top ranked University of West Florida women’s soccer team advances to play Rollins College next weekend for the South Region Championship as they defeated North Alabama 6-1 on Sunday afternoon in second round action. The women poured on five second half goals en route to their largest victory over the Lions this season.
The Argos, facing North Alabama for the third time in 16 days, applied the pressure right from kickoff. Just 11 minutes into the match Monica Malavassi (San Jose, Costa Rica/Methodist HS) would put Anastasia Prescott (Morvant, Trinidad/Mobile) into the box where she would fire one in to the far post and give the Argos an early 1-0 lead. In the first half the Argos dominated the shot count 14-1 but only had one goal to show for their efforts.
“UNA is a talented team, great goalkeeping, but we kept pressing their defense and we knew we would eventually capitalize on them,” said Head Coach Joe Bartlinski.
In the second half the Argos did just that as they posted five unanswered goals before allowing the Lions to get on the board in the 88th minute. Shaneka Gordon (Old Harbour, Jamaica/Community College of Baltimore), Dernelle Mascall (Basse terre, Moruga, Trinidad/Mobile) and Jessica Majewski (Gulf Breeze, Fla/Gulf Breeze HS) all would find the back of the net to help give the Argos a 6-1 advantage.
Mascall powered the offense in the second half with two goals, her 13th and 14th of the season. With her first goal of the match, Mascall became the all-time leading goal scorer in UWF history, passing Brianna Oeser’s record 54 goals set in 2005. Mascall now claims both the career goals and points record in just three seasons in an Argonaut uniform.
“It just shows how much the women’s program has developed over the years and all the credit goes to coach (Bartlinski) and the commitment from his players,” said Mascall in reference to breaking the career goals record.
No. 1 seed West Florida advances to play No. 2 seed Rollins College next Friday on the road at the home site of the Southeast Region. Columbus State and Carson-Newman both advance from the Southeast Region and will square off with each other next Friday. The winners of both matches next Friday will meet each other on Sunday in the NCAA Quarterfinals for a chance to move on to the Final Four.
“We’ll spend the next 2-3 days getting healthy in preparation for Rollins because they are a tough physical team,” stated Bartlinski. “Their back line is tough and very athletic which gave us a little trouble the first time around.”
Looking ahead to the match against Rollins, the Argos defeated the Tars 4-2 earlier in the year. The two goals allowed occurred in the first six minutes of the match and has been the only time this season the Argos have played from behind. The Tars are also the only team to score multiple goals against the Argos in a single match.
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