Hatters Drop Season-Opener at FIU

MIAMI, Fla. - The Stetson women’s soccer team fell to Florida International by a score of 4-0 in Friday night’s season-opener.  The Hatters were unable to crack the Panther defense, and gave up a pair of goals in each half.

FIU took the advantage in the 11th minute as Chelsea Leiva received a pass from Scarlett Montoya, and finished it off by chipping past Stetson goalkeeper Victoria Troccoli.  It was then Montoya who put it on herself to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead before the half with an unassisted score in the 32nd minute.

“The score wasn’t indicative of the game,” Head Coach Julie Orlowski said. “They took the game to us in the first 20 minutes, and we just didn’t answer.  We didn’t handle the situation as well as we would have liked, and we spotted them an early goal.”

The Hatters tallied a couple of shots in the opening frame, and recorded two corner kicks, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with the Panthers on Friday.  With Stetson pressing to get back in the match, FIU was able to take advantage and put a pair of insurance goals in the net to finish with the 4-0 win. more