Saturday, October 17, 2009

Colleges: Tampa women fall to frustrating defeat

The Tampa Spartans dominated possession, chances and the overall flow of play against Barry on Saturday night.

The only thing they couldn’t do against the Buccaneers? Find the back of the net, which Barry’s Melissa Madrid did in the eighth minute of overtime to give her side a 1-0 victory at Pepin-Rood Stadium on Saturday night.

The Spartans (6-8-1, 2-3-0 SSC) outshot the Buccaneers 23-7, but if there was a flaw in their game it was that they weren’t able to find the target more. Barry goalkeeper Emily Pratt only had to make four saves, and while Megan Tobin also hit the post for the Spartans, too many efforts went wide or over the crossbar.

Barry (4-10-0, 2-4-0) made Tampa pay just before the end of the first overtime period, as Madrid scored her 10th goal of the season from just outside the penalty area after having been played in by Brianni Lorenzo. Madrid had been the most dangerous Buccaneers player for the game, having hit the crossbar in the 63rd minute.

The Spartans will try to rebound on Wednesday as they travel to face No.9 Rollins in Winter Park.

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