Game Notes: Lady Hawks travel to Daytona for pair of matches
By Matt Green
Lady Hawks (0-1) at #16 Embry-Riddle (2-0)
Friday, Sept. 2 • 7 pm • Daytona Beach, Fla.
Lady Hawks vs. Webber International (1-1)
Sunday, Sept. 4 • 1 pm • Daytona Beach, Fla.
DAYTONA BEACH -- The Lady Hawk soccer squad heads to Daytona Beach, Fla., for a pair of non-conference matches on Friday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 4. Shorter will open its Daytona trip on Friday with a 7 pm kickoff with 16th-ranked Embry-Riddle University before closing out its roadie two days later on Sunday against Webber International University at 1 pm. Shorter is in search of its first win of the 2011 season after dropping a 1-0 decision to Montreat College on Aug. 27.
Friday will mark the third meeting between Shorter and Embry-Riddle with Embry-Riddle holding a 2-0 lead in the series. The Lady Hawks will try to avenge a 7-0 thrashing at the hands of the Eagles back on Oct. 5, 2009, the last time the schools took the field. Shorter and Webber have never squared off in women's soccer.
Shorter has been bitten repeatedly by the injury bug already this season with seven starters out of the lineup. The Lady Hawks lost senior captain Mary Kate Lollar and central defender Sam Stephens to torn anterior cruciate ligaments in the preseason, lost midfielder Carleigh Butcher to a broken kneecap in a preseason scrimmage, are playing without defender Blair Fine (concussion) and midfielder Jessica Wright (knee) for an indefinite amount of time and most recently lost midfielder Cintia Lamas (concussion) and defender Helena Farinha (ankle) to injury in the season opener against Montreat.
One of Shorter's three All-SSAC performers may have to change position for the time being to help the Lady Hawks deal with their high amounts of casualties. Junior goalkeeper Taylor Hays could shift her talents to the midfield, where she played sparingly in high school. That would bring talented freshman Sofia Pacino off the bench and into the goalie shirt for the first time in her collegiate career.
Shorter will need to find a way to score if it hopes to pull an upset on Friday and leave Daytona Beach with two wins. In 2010, Shorter scored just 26 goals in 19 matches, lost five games by one goal and was shut out four times, something head coach Jen Colley tried to address by adding speed and proven finishing ability to the roster over the summer. The Lady Hawks are waiting for the All-SSAC duo of strikers Kelli Davis and Brandi Greenwald to mesh with highly-touted newcomer Aline Bez Tamiosso (28 goals and 10 assists at Cowley Community College last season) to produce offense while Shorter's defense and midfield tries to get healthy.