UNF women’s soccer knocks off NJIT in double overtime

Ronnesha Rodgers

North Florida’s midfielder Sarah Wasser scored the game-winning goal to defeat the NJIT Highlanders(6-6 overall, 0-3 ASUN) in double overtime 1-0 at Hodges Stadium on Oct. 2.

The game was originally supposed to take place on Oct. 1 but was changed due to poor field conditions at Hodges Stadium.

With the win, North Florida (8-3 overall, 2-1 ASUN) holds first place in the conference standing. This is the fourth overtime win under Head coach Robin Confer.

The game started off slow with both teams going scoreless in the first half. Despite no scoring, there was multiple opportunities to convert with the Ospreys having a 6-1 shot advantage.

By the end of the second period, the Highlanders totaled six shots and eight saves compared to the Ospreys’ 14 shots and 2 saves.

NJIT will pick up the first and only yellow card of the game in the second period.

At the end of the second, the score was still deadlocked at zero and was pushed into the first overtime.

With 10 minutes on the clock, the Ospreys hustled to create scoring opportunities to break the stalemate.UNF attempted five shots compared but had two saved by the Highlanders who didn’t have any shots in the first overtime.  

In the second overtime, the Ospreys capitalized behind Wasser’s game-winning goal in the 104th minute. With an unassisted goal, Washer scored off a free kick from the left side to the upper part of the goal.

This was the only shot taken in the second overtime by either team.

Confer described the team’s effort in the rescheduled matchup.

“We were a little sluggish to start, but the girls found a way to win,” Confer said. “Of course I am proud of the win and proud of their resiliency.”

North Florida will battle Lipscomb next on Oct. 6 in Nashville, TN.

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