Grabias’s Late Game Heroics Lead Sharks to Victory in NCAA Tournament

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern women’s soccer team advances to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2019 after their win over number one-seeded Embry-Riddle. Luana Grabias’s late-game heroics propelled the Sharks to a 1-0 victory on Sunday afternoon. 


Score: Nova Southeastern 1 | Embry-Riddle 0 
Records: Nova Southeastern 12-4-1 | Embry-Riddle 14-3-3 
Location: Embry-Riddle Soccer Stadium | Daytona Beach, Fla. 
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How it Happened

  • The first half featured a scoreless affair, with both teams hunkering down defensively. 
  • With two minutes remaining in the half, Grabias got a good look at the net, but it was blocked by the Eagles defense. 
  • The Sharks came out aggressive offensively in the second half, firing multiple shots towards the goal but they weren’t able to convert. 
  • In the 86th minute, Luana Grabias would break the stalemate, firing a shot into the back of the net to take the 1-0 lead over Embry-Riddle. 
  • The Eagles came back shortly after and lasered a shot towards the goal, but it was swiped away by Stefane Rosa, ultimately sealing the 1-0 victory for Nova Southeastern. 
  • With that victory, the Sharks will head back to the NCAA Third Round for the first time since the 2019 season. 


Coach's Corner

Coach Amy Vaughan – Firstly congratulations to Embry-Riddle who are a top-quality team, they pose so many different problems for a lot of teams and make it very difficult to play against. The girls showed exactly who they were, they showed so much determination and courage. We’re very proud of the girls and are looking forward to moving on. Go Sharks!

What's Next

Nova Southeastern will take a brief hiatus before taking on Florida Tech in the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament in Melbourne, Fla. The exact date and time will be confirmed in the coming days. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Soccer, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_WSoccer.

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