No. 4 West Florida overwhelms Shorter in 6-0 senior day win
Argos improve to 7-0 in GSC play
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PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 4 ranked West Florida women’s soccer team had one of its strongest overall performances of the year at the UWF Soccer Complex on Wednesday, as the Argonauts defeated visiting Shorter University 6-0 in the team’s final regular season home game of the season. The Argos scored four goals in the game’s first 20 minutes and cruised to their seventh shutout of the year.
Junior Chelsea Palmer (Plano, Texas/Tyler JC) led the offensive assault for the Argonauts (14-1, 7-0 GSC), scoring two goals and adding one assist. Four other Argonauts scored in the win, including junior Shelby Bush (Shalimar, Fla./Darton). Palmer now leads the team with 11 goals and 10 assists, and Bush is tied for the team lead with 11 goals.
The Argos defended well, limiting Shorter (3-10-1, 2-4-1 GSC) to just four shot attempts. Senior Rachel Cutts (Pace, Fla./Ole Miss) and sophomores Kelly Andres (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny HS) and Taylor Harbison (Neptune Beach, Fla./Fletcher HS) led the effort on the back line, shutting down the Shorter attack.
Palmer wasted little time in putting UWF on the board, scoring the first goal of the game just 31 seconds into the first half. Bush was then next to score at the 10:32 mark, thanks to assists by Cutts and senior Tori Fish (Bellaire, Texas/Bellaire HS). Senior Monica Malavassi (San Jose, Costa Rica/University of Costa Rica) got on the board next with a header off a cross by Palmer, and Palmer rounded out the first half scoring barrage with an unassisted goal at the 20:07 mark.
The Argos shifted their lineup around in the second half and added two more goals. Junior Daniela Cruz (San Jose, Costa Rica/University of Costa Rica) capitalized on an opportunity to score the team’s fifth goal in the 63rd minute. Junior Nathalia Cerceau (Belo Horizonte, Brazil/South Dakota) then put it out of reach at the 78:51 mark off an assist by Brittany Hensley (Enterprise, Ala./Enterprise HS).
The game marked the final regular season home game for four UWF seniors: Cutts, Jessica Ebanks (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands/University College), Malavassi and Fish. The four Argonaut seniors were recognized for their contributions to the program before Wednesday’s match.
The Argos will finish the regular season with a three-game road trip, first visiting West Alabama on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.
Shorter (3-10-1, 2-4-1 GSC) vs. West Florida (14-1-0, 7-0-0 GSC)
Date: 10/17/12 Attendance: 276
Weather: Warm, partly cloudy
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Shorter............. 0 0 - 0
West Florida........ 4 2 - 6
1. 0:31 UWF Chelsea Palmer (10) (unassisted) - dribble from midflied, 1v1 with keeper
2. 10:32 UWF Shelby Bush (11) (Tori Fish;Rachel Cutts) - Cutts free kick, deflected by Fish, tapped in by Bush
3. 12:56 UWF Monica Malavassi (5) (Chelsea Palmer) - Cross from Palmer, headed in by Malavassi
4. 20:07 UWF Chelsea Palmer (11) (unassisted) - intercepted in the box, driven into the goal
5. 62:13 UWF Daniela Cruz (3) (unassisted) - dribbled in from the left side, driven in off the post
6. 78:51 UWF Nathalia Cerceau (2) (Brittanie Hensley) - fed from Hensley, rolled into the net
Shots: Shorter 4, West Florida 26
Saves: Shorter 7 (Katie Stachula 7), West Florida 1 (Sarah Story 1)