PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida used two late goals to pull away for a 5-1 victory over the Spring Hill College women's soccer team at the UWF Soccer Complex on Wednesday evening.
The Badgers fell behind 2-0 at the intermission when the Argonauts (2-2-1) scored goals in the 12th and 44th minutes off the toes of Tina Murray and Aveann Douglas. The second tally was the result of a corner kick by Murray that was controlled by Douglas and just deflected into the net off the right post.
UWF scored again in the 56th minute when Murray accepted a pass from Alexis Garrand on the left side for a one touch goal.
The Badgers rallied in the 57th minute when freshman Erin Claxton from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, intercepted a pass in the defensive third of the field and beat Argos' goalkeeper Ali Ryan in a one-on-one situation for the unassisted goal to make it a 3-1 UWF advantage.
Murray completed the natural hat trick with an unassisted goal in the 69th minute and Lindsay Foy made the final score 5-1 for UWF with an assisted goal from the right side in the 81st minute.
West Florida outshot SHC 19-6 as Ryan and Reagan Sherwin combined for two saves in goal for the Argos while freshman Abby Massengale of New Orleans, La., and sophomore Cassandra Amore of Pace, Fla., totaled six saves for the Badgers.
The Badgers took just two corner kicks and West Florida tried 15 corner opportunities.
Spring Hill (3-3, 0-0 SSAC) will travel to Gainesville, Ga., on Saturday to open conference play at Brenau University (1-3-2, 1-0 SSAC) at 7 p.m. EST.