Successful Season Comes to an End in the Preliminary Round

first_img Share Successful Season Comes to an End in the Preliminary Round Nov. 10, 2007SAINT LEO, Fla. – The successful West Florida season came to an end against Gulf South Conference rival Montevallo (14-6-0) on Friday night on the campus of Saint Leo University. The Argonauts faced the Falcons for the third time in 14 days and fell short 2-0 to finish the season with a 15-4-0 record.Coming off a loss to Montevallo in the GSC Tournament final and a 1-1 record against the Lady Falcons, West Florida was determined to revenge the last weekend’s loss. Statistically, the Argonauts had better number than the Lady Falcons, out shooting them 14 to 1 and had a match advantage in corner kick, 12-1, however the Argonauts were not able to finalize the play and touch the back net.Both teams started strong, however neither had good opportunities to score early in the match, both team were playing a “ping pong” game in the midfield, trying to keep possession of the ball. The Argonauts had a few good opportunities to score before the halftime, but were unable to capitalize the chances.After the scoreless halftime, both teams came back to the field with the same starting lineup as the first half. In an attempt to be more offensive, the Argonauts tried a few changes in the strategy, playing sophomore Anastasia Prescott at midfield, while the Lady Falcons played defensively. A fast counterattacks is how the Lady Falcons scored their first goal at around 53 minutes to get the 1-0 lead.The Argonauts upped their offensive attack following the Lady Falcons goal but never could score the equalizer. In the second half, out of eight shots from the Argonauts, only two of them required a safe from the Lady Falcons keeper. Montevallo managed the 1-0 lead, and scored once again in a counterattack when there was only five minutes to go in the match. With a 0-2 disadvantage, and only five minutes to go, the Argonauts did not have enough to bounce back.”We didn’t play our best soccer out there tonight, but I am really proud of my players,” said head coach Joe Barlintski. “They really gave everything they had and left it out there on the field. I would say Montevallo was well coached and deserved it tonight. My nineteenth season as a coach comes to an end, but I happy with the season we had.”At this point last year we had so many injuries, but this year our youngster took care of themselves. I am happy we were unbeaten in the conference and I know this team gave their best potential throughout the year. I am really proud of my two seniors, Brandi Adams and Marie Hastings, but it is time to get the players ready for next season.”West Florida’s successful run ends with a 14 match winning streak and an 8-0-0 GSC record. The Argonauts allowed only one goal during their regular season conference schedule and next season, the Argonauts return nine out of 11 regular starters, along with four key red shirts expected to return from injuries.With the win, Montevallo advances to the second round of the NCAA national tournament against Saint Leo University, on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. taking place on the Lions Campus.(by Gui Amaral Jasmin) Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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