November 20, 2009
No. 1 UWF Advances to NCAA Quarterfinals
After 1-0 Battle With Rollins
Senior Courtney Jones Posts Five Saves in Shutout
CITY, Tenn. – Senior goalkeeper
(Panama City, Fla./Bay HS) posted five saves, including one spectacular
second half save on a header in the penalty area, to help the No. 1 West
Florida women’s soccer team hold on for a 1-0 win over No. 9 Rollins in the
NCAA Tournament Third Round game at Carson-Newman on Friday. With the win,
UWF will advance to Sunday’s NCAA Quarterfinal match against the winner of
Friday’s Carson-Newman vs. Columbus State game.
Jodi Galucci’s (Stuart, Fla./South Fork HS) goal in the eighth minute
turned out to be the game-winner, as Rollins held the record-setting West
Florida attack to a season-low one goal. UWF improved to 21-0-0 with the
win, while Rollins finishes the season at 16-2-2. The only two losses for
Rollins in 2009 were to West Florida, and the Tars finished the same way in
“"We're very excited to be going to the final eight,” said Head Coach
“All the credit goes to Rollins; they've only lost to one team in the last
two years. They're disciplined and they work hard, and all credit goes to
them for a hard fought battle."
The only goal of the game started with junior
(Kingston, Jamaica/Darton College) making a run down the left sideline in
the eighth minute. She cut inside and found senior
(Old Harbour, Jamaica/Community College of Baltimore), and Gordon deflected
the ball to Galucci open on the right. Galucci buried the shot inside the
far post, giving West Florida all it would need in the victory.
"I saw Shakira (Duncan) take off on the left so I took off and tried to
keep up,” said Galucci. “The cross came on the outside and I was ready.
The last couple of weeks we've been working on the outside midfielders being
in position on the far post, and that's what happened today."
Rollins gave the UWF defense all it could handle, as the Argonauts gave
up 11 shots, five of which were on goal. UWF attempted 15 shots, putting 10
on frame. Rollins goalkeeper Michelle Dillingham made nine saves for the
Tars, while Jones saved five for UWF.
The Tars’ best chance for an equalizer came in the 79th minute. Rollins
pushed the ball forward, and a loose ball fell to midfielder Jessica Mooney
on the left side. Mooney hit the ball into the middle of the box, where a
Rollins teammate headed the ball on frame, forcing Jones to make the
spectacular save and punch the ball over the crossbar.
“The team has worked so hard this year, and I had to come through for
this team,” said Jones. “I had to step up like they've done all year.”
"That save was unbelievable, it was special,” explained Coach Bartlinski.
“She faces some pretty good strikers in practice, some pretty prolific goal
scorers. She faces that every day in practice, so she was ready."
Sunday’s quarterfinal match is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff from
McCown Field on the campus of Carson-Newman. Fans can follow all of the
action live on www.GoArgos.com.
Soccer Game Summary (Final)
2009 UWF Women's Soccer
#9 Rollins vs #1 West Florida (Nov 20, 2009 at Jefferson City, Tenn)
Rollins (16-2-2) vs.
West Florida (21-0)
Date: Nov 20, 2009 Attendance: 145
period 1 2 Tot
Rollins............. 0 0 - 0
West Florida........ 1 0 - 1
1. 7:48 UWF Jodi
Gordon) - shot past keeper to left lower, ball served on ground in front
Shots: Rollins 11,
West Florida 15
Saves: Rollins 9 (Michelle Dillingham 9), West Florida 5 (Courtney