Friday, October 23, 2009

College Women's Matchday: Tampa at No.17 Florida Tech

WHEN: Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Rick Stottler Field

NEED TO KNOW: Coming off a disappointing loss to Rollins, where the Spartans held a 2-0 lead only to lose 3-2, Tampa (6-9-1, 2-4-0) gets a second straight opportunity to defeat a ranked opponent when it faces the Panthers.

Florida Tech (12-2-0, 5-0-1 SSC) is on a four-game winning streak after edging out Saint Leo on Tuesday 1-0 in double-overtime. Teresa Brantley, who won the SSC Offensive Player of the Week award last Monday, scored the only goal against the Lions, and leads the team with 10 goals. The Panthers are also strong in net, with Melissa holding opponents to 0.73 goals per game.

The Spartans’ loss to Rollins was their second in a row, and they will want to try and build momentum entering first a rivalry game against Saint Leo on Wednesday before the SSC Tournament begins. Jazmin Perry picked up her team-leading eighth goal of the season on Tuesday, as the Spartans are averaging almost two goals per game.

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