Women’s soccer knocked out in first round of ASUN play

Joslyn Simmons

Photo courtesy of UNF Athletics

Fifth-ranked women’s soccer (9-6-1) fell one goal short in penalty kicks to the fourth-ranked Kennesaw State Owls(8-6-4) in the 4-3 loss on Oct. 29. The battle took place in Kennesaw, Ga for the ASUN women’s soccer quarterfinal.  

In regulation, the conference foes remained deadlocked at zero. While the score was stuck, the Ospreys held a 11 to 8 shots advantage over the Owls.

With no goals on the scoreboard after double overtime, the match was sent to a shootout.

The stalemate was broken during penalty kicks, with both teams converting three. UNF’s freshman goalkeeper Rhiannon Connelley made a huge save late followed by followed by Kennesaw State’s goalkeeper Tiffany Sornpao’s save of her own to extend the match.

Owls’ defender/midfielder Carly Pressgrove kicked the game-winning goal to send her squad to the semifinals.

On the defensive front, Connelley and Sornpao both had five saves a piece.

Head coach Robin Confer described the growth the team had during the 2017 season.

“I’m gutted for our players. They played with heart and gave  everything they had. I’m extremely proud of the season they had,” Confer said. “From the first day of preseason, they came in fit and have worked extremely hard. They never dropped their standards and the future is bright for these young ladies. Thank you to our seniors that helped make this program better.”


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