Sharks Win 4th Straight, Takes Down Lynn

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Sofia Suarez nets two, while Tabea Schütt fires in one in a dominant performance from the Sharks. Stefane Rosa and the Sharks’ defense blank the Fighting Knights and take them down 3-0 Wednesday night from Boca Raton, Florida. 
 
Breakdown

Score: Nova Southeastern 3, Lynn 0 
Records: Nova Southeastern (5-0-1, 2-0-0 SSC) | Lynn (3-3-1, 0-1-0 SSC)  
Location: Bobby Campbell Stadium | Boca Raton, Fla.   
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How it Happened

  • In the 18th minute, Sofia Suarez fired one into the back of the net, giving the Sharks a 1-0 lead. 

  • In the 63rd minute, Tabea Schütt netted the Sharks’ second goal of the game, giving the Sharks a 2-0 advantage. 

  • In the 82nd minute, Sofia Suarez saw an opportunity and ran with it, getting her second goal of the game, pushing the Sharks ahead 3-0. 

  • The Sharks’ defense remained locked in the entire match, giving the Fighting Knights’ offense very few chances. 

  • Stefane Rosa recorded two saves, completing her fourth shutout victory on the season. 

 
Coach's Corner

Coach Amy Vaughan – Lynn is always a tough place to travel to, they are our local rivals so it always makes for a great match up. The girls executed very well tonight and we took advantage of the chances we created.

 
What's Next

Nova Southeastern is back in action on Wednesday, September 27th at 7:00 PM as they host the Barry Buccaneers. 

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Soccer, be sure to follow on Instagram and Twitter/X at NSU_WSoccer. 

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Stefane Rosa Named SSC Defensive Player of the Week

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Sunshine State Conference announced the Players of the Week for the week of September 11 – 17, on Monday afternoon. Nova Southeastern Sharks student-athlete Stefane Rosa (Women’s Soccer) earned honors following her performance this past week.    

Rosa collects the fourth Defensive Player of the Week honor of her career after earning a shutout in NSU’s conference opener. The Brazilian picked up the clean sheet following five saves in a 1-0 win against Florida Tech. The senior now has 14 saves and three shutouts on the season. 

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Sharks Open SSC Play with Victory Over Florida Tech

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Tabea Schütt lasered one in late to give the Sharks a lead in the 73rd minute. Stefane Rosa and the Sharks’ defense hunkered down the rest of the way to lead the team to victory. Nova Southeastern takes down Florida Tech 1-0 Saturday night in the Sharks’ first SSC match of the season. 
 
Breakdown

Score: Nova Southeastern 1, Florida Tech 0 
Records: Nova Southeastern (4-0-1, 1-0-0 SSC) | Florida Tech (3-1-2, 0-1-0 SSC)  
Location: NSU Soccer Stadium | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.   
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How it Happened

  • In the 8th minute, Emery Biggs had an opportunity to get the Sharks on the board early, but her attempt was knocked away by the Panthers’ goalkeeper. 

  • In the 39th minute, Stefane Rosa made a massive save to keep the game knotted at 0-0. 

  • In the early portion of the second half, Tabea Schütt and Saga Bjorling saw potential scoring chances, but the Panthers’ goalkeeper swatted away both of their shots. 

  • In the 73rd minute, Tabea Schütt fired one into the back of the net, finally breaking the scoreless tie, and giving the Sharks a 1-0 lead in the back-half of the second half. 

  • In the closing ten minutes of the match, Stefane Rosa faced numerous shots, but denied them all from crossing the goal line.  

  • Stefane Rosa recorded five saves, completing her third shutout victory on the season. 

 
Coach's Corner

Coach Amy Vaughan – The group faced a very tough opening day conference opponent today in FIT. The team suck together and came away with a great result. We’re proud of their performance and are looking forward to preparing for Lynn next week. 

 
What's Next

Nova Southeastern is back in action on Wednesday, September 20th at 6:00 PM as they travel to Boca Raton, FL to take on Lynn. 

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Soccer, be sure to follow on Instagram and Twitter/X at NSU_WSoccer. 

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NSU Defeats Montevallo on the Road

MONTEVALLO, AL. – Luana Grabias got the offense going, and Tabea Schütt added on. Stefane Rosa and the Sharks’ defense locked down the Falcons and secured the victory. Nova Southeastern takes down Montevallo 2-0 Sunday afternoon from the Varsity Soccer Field.  
 
Breakdown

Score: Nova Southeastern 2, Montevallo 0 
Records: Nova Southeastern (3-0-1) | Montevallo (3-1)  
Location: Varsity Soccer Field | Montevallo, Ala.   
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How it Happened

  • Luana Grabias got it going early, putting up a shot-on-goal attempt at the 9:29 mark, but quickly turned around and fired one into the back of the net at the 9:50 mark, giving the Sharks an early 1-0 lead. 

  • Before the first half came to a close, Sofia Suarez and Bella Ramirez both put shots-on-goal, but both were knocked away by the Falcons’ goalkeeper. 

  • Similar to how the first half ended, the second half opened with Suarez and Ramirez firing shots-on-goal but were once again batted away. 

  • In the 80th minute, Tabea Schütt lasered one into the back of the net (assisted by Ella Niemelä), extending the Sharks’ lead to 2-0. 

  • Stefane Rosa recorded one save, completing her second shutout victory on the season. 

Coach's Corner

Coach Amy Vaughan – The group faced another tough region game. Montevallo is a tough place to come and the girls stuck together and finished off the weekend with an impressive team display.
 
What's Next

Nova Southeastern is back in action on Saturday, September 16th at 7:00 PM as they return to Fort Lauderdale, FL to host Florida Tech at the NSU Soccer Stadium. 

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Soccer, be sure to follow on Instagram and Twitter/X at NSU_WSoccer. 

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Sharks Roll Past Chargers

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Nova Southeastern women’s soccer team took down Alabama-Huntsville on the road in a Friday night showdown. Maja Henriksson scored two goals, while Dani Correa and Sofia Suarez scored one goal each.  
  
Breakdown

Score: Nova Southeastern 4, Alabama-Huntsville 2  
Records: Nova Southeastern (2-0-1) | Alabama-Huntsville (2-1-0)   
Location: Charger Park | Huntsville, Ala.    
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  How it Happened 

  • Three minutes into the match, Suarez set up Henriksson with a beautiful pass, which led to the first goal of the game. 

  • The Chargers would answer in the 10th minute with a goal of their own, tying the match at one a piece. 

  • Henriksson wasn’t done yet. In the 20th minute, Henriksson scored another goal, thanks to a setup from Luana Grabias, reclaiming the lead for NSU. 

  • Alabama-Huntsville wouldn’t back down, scoring a goal just before halftime, bringing the score to 2-2. 

  • Correa joined the action, giving NSU a 3-2 lead with a goal in the 56th minute. 

  • In the 60th minute, Suarez took it herself and fired a shot into the back of the net, adding to the Shark lead. 

NSU would hold on and secure the 4-2 road victory over Alabama-Huntsville. 
 

Coach's Corner 
 
Coach Amy Vaughn – Great result. It’s always tough to travel away in the region. We faced a lot of adversity in the first half, but the group stuck together and came away with a hard-fought win. 
 
 
 What's Next 
 
Nova Southeastern returns to action on Sunday in Montevallo, AL as they take on the University of Montevallo. 

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Sharks End in Draw Against Saint Anselm

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A Luana Grabias second-half goal brought the Sharks back into the match. However, both defenses and goalkeepers were zoned in and kept the ball out of the net. Nova Southeastern and Saint Anselm ended Sunday’s match in a 1-1 draw from the NSU Soccer Stadium. 
 
Breakdown

Score: Nova Southeastern 1, Saint Anselm 1 
Records: Nova Southeastern (1-0-1) | Saint Anselm (0-1-1)  
Location: NSU Soccer Stadium | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.   
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  How it Happened

  • Stefane Rosa was lockdown in the net right out the gate, knocking away two goal attempts from the Saints. 

  • In the 15th minute, the Saints got one by Rosa, to give themselves a 1-0 lead. 

  • Sofia Suarez fired away a shot-on-goal but was knocked away by the Saints’ goalkeeper in the 36th minute. 

  • In the 64th minute, Luana Grabias lasered one into the back of the net, tying the match at 1-1. 

  • Both defenses hunkered down and held both offenses without a shot attempt the rest of the way. 

  • Despite a late offensive push by NSU, the match would end in a 1-1 draw. 

 
Coach's Corner  

Coach Amy Vaughn – St. Anselm came out strong, they’re a well organized team and full credit to them. The girls reacted well and showed a lot of character to put in the second half performance they did and we came away disappointed with not winning the game. Overall it’s good weekend for us and we’re looking forward to building on it.
 

What's Next 

Nova Southeastern is back in action on Friday, September 8th  as they travel to Huntsville, Alabama to take on the University of Alabama in Huntsville at 6:00 PM. 

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Soccer, be sure to follow on Instagram and Twitter/X at NSU_WSoccer. 

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Sharks Open Season with Dominant 6-0 Victory

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern Sharks opened the 2023 season with an explosive 6-0 victory over Thomas More on Friday evening from the NSU Soccer Stadium. Maja Henriksson and Luana Grabias scored two goals each, while Stefane Rosa shut out the Saints with three saves in the game.  

 Breakdown

Score: Nova Southeastern 6, Thomas More 0 
Records: Nova Southeastern (1-0-0) | Thomas More (0-1-0) 
Location: NSU Soccer Stadium | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  
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How it Happened
 
•    The Sharks opened the match quickly with Luana Grabias putting one into the back of the net in the 7th minute, giving the Sharks an early 1-0 lead.  
•    In the 15th minute, a beautiful pass from Jordyn Pitter perfectly set up Tabea Shütt to fire one into the goal, increasing the Sharks’ lead to 2-0.
•    Stefane Rosa knocked away a potential goal for the Saints, keeping the Sharks’ 2-0 lead.
•    Right before halftime, Emery Biggs and Tabea Shütt fired away shots-on-goal, but were unable to get them past the Saints’ goalkeeper.
•    Coming out of the break in the 52nd minute, Maja Henriksson lasered one into the back of the net, extending the Sharks’ lead to 3-0.
•    Minutes later in the 57th minute, Jordyn Pitter got one by the Saints’ goalkeeper, making it 4-0 Sharks.
•    In the 63rd minute, Maja Henriksson scored off of an amazing corner kick, giving Henriksson her second goal of the game, and pushing the Sharks ahead 5-0.
•    In the 66th minute, Luana Grabias scored her second goal of the game, making it 6-0 Sharks.
•    Stefane Rosa recorded three saves, completely shutting down Thomas More, as she blanked the Saints for her first shutout of the season. 

 Coach's Corner

Coach Amy Vaughn – Great to get back playing and kick off the 2023 season. Positive way to start the opening game, lots to work on but looking forward to seeing what this group can do.

 What's Next

Nova Southeastern returns to action on Sunday as they host Saint Anselm College at the NSU Soccer Stadium at 7:00 PM.
To stay up-to-date on Sharks Soccer, be sure to follow on Instagram and Twitter/X at NSU_WSoccer.
 

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NSU Women’s Soccer Picked First in SSC Preseason Coaches’ Poll

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Sunshine State Conference announced its 2023 coaches’ poll on Thursday morning. Nova Southeastern tabbed the top spot, earning 95 points and five first place votes for the 2023 campaign.

Last season, Head Coach James Moore led the Sharks back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2019. NSU finished the regular season with a 9-3-4 overall record and 6-1-3 record in conference play, which earned them the second seed in the SSC Tournament.  

“It’s flattering that the conference sees us like this but as we all know there’s a long season ahead of us to achieve our goals,” stated Moore.  

The Sharks return several key players, which features Luana Grabias, the reigning SSC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year, Stefane Rosa, an All-SSC first team selection, and Izzy Martinez, a consistent face in the Sharks starting lineup.  

Below are the full results of the 2023 SSC preseason coaches’ poll. Coaches cannot vote for their teams (points: 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, first-place votes in parentheses). 
 

2023 SSC WOMEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON COACHES POLL 

Rank   School Points (First Place Votes)
1 Nova Southeastern 95 (5)
2 Embry-Riddle 91 (3)
3 Florida Tech 76
4 Florida Southern 74 (3)
5 Saint Leo 61
6 Barry 53
7 Tampa 46
8 Rollins 37
9 Eckerd 31
10 Lynn 30
11 Palm Beach Atlantic  11

The Nova Southeastern Sharks begin their 2023 season on Friday, September 1, at the NSU Soccer Complex, hosting Thomas More University. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m.  

To stay up-to-date with the Sharks this season, visit NSUSharks.com or follow them on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_WSoccer. 

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NSU Women’s Soccer Announces 2023 Schedule

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – After an NCAA Tournament appearance last season, the Nova Southeastern women’s soccer program looks to pick up right where they left off. The Sharks officially released their 2023 schedule and will kick off the season at home against Thomas More University on Fri., Sept. 1. 

Seven of the Sharks 14 regular season matches will be played at the NSU Soccer Complex, including back-to-back home matches to open the season, where they will face Thomas More and Saint Anselm (9/3). 

NSU will then head to Huntsville, Alabama to face Alabama Huntsville on Sept. 8 and Montevallo on Sept. 10 in their first road matchups of the 2023 campaign.  

The Sharks will return home and open SSC play against Florida Tech on Sept. 16, the first of 10 straight SSC matches for NSU. 

Following the Sharks Sunshine State Conference opener, four of their next six contests will be at home. Featuring home matchups against Barry, Florida Southern, Eckerd, and Embry-Riddle.

NSU will close out the regular season with three consecutive SSC games on the road against Rollins, Saint Leo, and Tampa.  
The 2023 SSC Tournament will be held this fall from Nov. 6– Nov. 12. 

Luana Grabias, the Sunshine State Player of the Year and Offense Player of the Year, left her mark on the league last season. Grabias finished first on the team in goals and points and also tabbed a spot on the D2CCA All-South Region first team. Stefane Rosa led the charge defensively for the Sharks, finishing the season with an impressive 78 saves, and six shutouts. Not to mention, Rosa also tabbed spot on the All-SSC first team and D2CCA All-South Region second team. 

For a complete look at the 2023 schedule, click here. To stay up-to-date with the Sharks this season, visit NSUSharks.com or follow them on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_WSoccer.

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Three Sharks Earn CSC All-Academic Honors

The 2022 Academic All-District Soccer Teams, selected by College Sports Communicators, recognizing the nation’s top student-athletes for their performances on the field and in the classroom have been announced. Academic All-District Soccer honorees advance to the CSC Academic All-America ballot. First-, second-, and third-team Academic All-America honorees will be announced in early December.  

Three Nova Southeastern Women’s Soccer players, Annie Bjork, Saga Bjorling, and Louise Matsgard were selected to the teams.  

Bjork, a Human Resource Management major who has maintained a 3.88 grade-point-average, also earned All-Sunshine State Conference Second-Team honors this season. The senior helped anchor the backline for Nova Southeastern and helped lead the Sharks back into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2019.  

Bjorling, majoring in Management with a pristine 4.00 GPA, recorded over 1100 minutes of action as a midfielder for the Sharks and helped Nova Southeastern return to the NCAA Tournament.  

Matsgard, a Management major, who holds a 3.50 GPA, picked up both her second career All-Sunshine State Conference and All-South Region honors during the 2022 campaign, adds yet another award from the season. Matsgard started every game for the Sharks this season, logging over 1300 minutes. The sophomore helped make a formidable backline for NSU and also added seven points, one goal and five assists, on the year.  

Nova Southeastern Women’s Soccer, under the direction of second year Head Coach James Moore, advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. NSU finished the 2022 season with a record of 9-3-4, going 6-1-3 in Sunshine State Conference play and 6-1 in home matches.  

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Women’s Soccer, be sure to follow on Instagram and Twitter at NSU_WSoccer.  

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