Explosive Second Half Propels North Florida Past FIU

Explosive Second Half Propels North Florida Past FIU

MIAMI - The North Florida women's soccer team rallied with three goals in the final 27 minutes of play on Friday night to earn a 3-1 victory against in-state foe FIU and extend their season-opening undefeated streak to five matches.

North Florida | 4-0-1
FIU | 1-3-0

FIU - 57' | Laura Chavez (Assist: Yolanda Albalat)
UNF - 63' | Leah Ferlin (Assist: Sophia Thompson)
UNF - 72' | Kendra Hoffman (penalty kick)
UNF - 90' | Thais Reiss (unassisted)

- Despite dominating the statistics including a 10-2 shot advantage in the opening half, North Florida was unable to find the back of the next and went into intermission tied 0-0 with the Panthers
- FIU made the most of its small opportunities, taking the lead 1-0 in the 57th minute | The goal was the Panthers lone shot attempt in the second period
- North Florida continued its aggressive play and scored the equalizer just six minutes later when Leah Ferlin collected the rebound off the original strike by Sophia Thompson and pushed it past the Panther goalkeeper
Kendra Hoffman converted her first penalty kick attempt of the season in the 72nd minute, giving UNF the lead
- Leading scorer, Thais Reiss, rounded out the ledger for the Ospreys by scoring an unassisted goal in the closing half minute of play to secure the victory
- For the game, UNF outshot FIU 23-3 including a 13-1 edge in the decisive second half | Ospreys also mounted a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks earned

- Reiss has now scored in every game this season and upped her career goals total to 17, ranking 5th all-time in UNF's Division I era
- Her six goals this season matches her total a year ago and is just four shy of the program's D1 single season mark 
- Ferling found the back of the net for the second straight match and second time in her UNF career (9th career collegiate goal)
- Thompson picked up an assist for her second consecutive match
- North Florida's undefeated start (4-0-1) thru five matches is the best start in the program's Division I history | Ospreys are only remaining undefeated squad in the ASUN
- Head coach Eric Faulconer owns the best debut season mark for an Osprey mentor
- Match victory marks the second straight for the Ospreys against the Panthers
- North Florida has now outscored its opponent's 12-3 this season
- The Osprey defense allowed just two shots on goal in the match

"It wasn't our best performance but our team showed a lot of grit tonight. It's tough to win on the road. To go a goal down and then score three to finish the match is a credit to the spirit of this team. We have truly been road warriors. Our toughest test so far is coming up Sunday against a very good FAU team. Coach Baker has his team playing well and we will have to be at our best. We will enjoy tonight's comback win and look forward to Sunday's match." - Head coach Eric Faulconer

North Florida wraps up its six-match road trek on Sunday at 1 p.m. against FAU | The Owls are 3-2-0 on the season after topping Dartmouth, 1-0, on Friday night | Ospreys will make their long awaited home debut Sept. 15 against Air Force at 1 p.m.