Daily Archives: November 7, 2014

UWF women secure semifinal spot in GSC Tournament with quarterfinal win

Tricia Gold (#9 left center) holds off an opposing Shorter University defender in Tuesday’s quarterfinal match. Photo by Christian Graves

Tricia Gold (#9 left center) holds off an opposing Shorter University defender in Tuesday’s quarterfinal match.
Photo by Christian Graves

Christian Graves
Sports Editor

The Lady Argonauts continued forward in their Gulf South Conference campaign on Tuesday when they defeated Shorter University 1-0 and secured a place in the semifinals of the tournament.

The Argonauts were constantly on the attack in the opening half of the game, taking nine shots, eight corner kicks, and forcing four saves from the Hawks’ keeper in the first 45 minutes.

In comparison the Hawks shot four times, received no corner kicks and failed to threaten the UWF keeper enough to make a save.

Kelly Andres converted a penalty kick in the 32nd minute to give West Florida the breakthrough they were looking for after Shorter’s Fiorella Gamarra received a yellow card for a handball on the line when a shot deflected off of her hand from a corner kick.

Shorter began the second half decisively, creating quick runs behind the Argonaut defense in the first five minutes and getting a couple of close chances on goal.

However, UWF continued to outpace the Hawks and retain most of the possession for the entire game—outshooting Shorter 23-8 in total.

Jason Thomas, father of Shorter University forward Corrie Thomas, was in attendance and agreed that retaining possession was a problem that contributed to the team’s loss when asked what the Hawks could have done better.

“Losing the ball, ball control [something we could have worked on]. But we played hard we played good. We do have a lot of freshmen, so it was good, it was a good run,” he said.

Ben Birdsong, head coach of Shorter University’s women’s soccer team, thought that the goal was a little bit unlucky and was proud of how his team performed overall.

“I think we did well just condensing the space and making it hard for them to get chances. It was a little unfortunate to give away the PK, so it really wouldn’t have changed much; it was just a little unlucky for us,” he said.

In response to where his team would go from here, Birdsong informed me that Shorter’s season would continue after Tuesday’s loss.

“Actually, our season will continue. We play in the National Christian College Association national tournament so we will start that in the middle of November and I think we’ll have some success there,” he said.

Emily Vogler (#25 center) drops the ball off to Daryl Bell (#23 right) who sprints past a Shorter player. Photo by Christian Graves

Emily Vogler (#25 center) drops the ball off to Daryl Bell (#23 right) who sprints past a Shorter player.
Photo by Christian Graves

Senior defender Kelly Andres was named All-GSC First Team before coming into the quarterfinals, along with Taylor Harbinson and April Syme, and stated that although she has been given All-GSC honors the previous four years she was still excited.

“I’m not used to it, its still awesome to get that award because when you hear that or somebody texts you randomly because they know that you got it, it feels really good,” she said.

Freshman Daryl Bell was named All-GSC Second Team and agreed that receiving the award as a freshman showed her hard work paying off.

In response to the type of play she thought the team should take to the field against Valdosta in the semifinal game Thursday, Bell liked the more aggressive play that they used against Shorter.

“I definitely feel that we should keep with the style of play that we’re doing right now—everyone is working, even off the bench, and their still doing the [more aggressive] style of play.

“We all work together and get shots and we’re going to get some more goals,” she said.