Women’s soccer defeats West Georgia on Senior Day

Kenny Detwyler

Contributing Writer

The University of West Florida women’s soccer team hosted the University of West Georgia on Saturday, and the Argos swept the Wolverines with a final score of 3-0. With this win, the Argos’ record improved to 13-4 overall, and 9-3 within the Gulf South Conference. This victory extended an impressive 14-0 all-time record against UWG.

This victory marked the regular season finale for No. 2-ranked Argos, whose next game will be determined by the outcome of upcoming conference matchups.

Head Coach Joe Bartlinski said he was proud of his team’s victory, but he didn’t shy away from giving his players constructive criticism.

“The team has put in a lot of hard work this season, and they are finally starting to blend well at the right time of the season,” Coach Bartlinski said. “We can play better. West Georgia made it difficult. They defended well. However, we know we can play better.”

The team is looking to continue improving as they move into the Gulf South Tournament, which begins Tuesday.

Saturday afternoon’s game was also Senior Day. Before the game, seniors Julianne Gaubron and Amber Pennybaker were honored for their years of dedication to UWF soccer.

“Senior Day means that it’s last hoorah on your home field. You get to share it with the people you spend the most time with, your teammates and best friends,” Gaubron said.

“It’s Senior Day for me, so I wanted to work hard and show everyone what I can do,” Pennybaker said. “I wanted to work hard for not only myself, but my team.”

In addition to a victory and Senior Day activities, the game was also a part of Argo Athletics’ Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Donations to fight breast cancer were accepted as admission to the game, rather than tickets. The first 200 guests were given free T-shirts which read: “Go. Fight. Cure. With Argo Athletics!”

“Both of my grandmothers had breast cancer, so I really appreciate having events that raise awareness for breast cancer, and raise money to fight it,” Anna Lochas, athletics department intern, said. “I like being able to get involved with these events and donating my time as well as money.”

The breast cancer awareness activities did not stop at the Soccer Complex. The athletics volunteers packed up their equipment after the game and made their way to the Field House for the ninth annual Pack It Pink volleyball match. The Argos defeated Lee University 3-0.

For more detailed game statistics and a complete schedule for all sports teams, check out goargos.com.