Moore, Sharks Announce 2022 Women’s Soccer Schedule

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Nearing the start of preseason in less than a month, the Nova Southeastern women’s soccer program has officially released its 2022 schedule, as head coach James Moore and the Sharks will kick off the fall on the road at King (Tenn.) on Thurs., Sept. 1.

In all, the Sharks will host seven of their 15 regular season matches at the NSU Soccer Complex, including their home opener against Sunshine State Conference rival Lynn on Sept. 14.

“It is always exciting to compete in the top conference in NCAA Division II,” said Moore. “We are eager to get the season started. The schedule features some tough out-of-conference and regional games. We travel out of state the first weekend for two competitive regional matches and also have Flagler coming down to play us, which is another big regional game. It’s never easy, but that’s what makes it fun.”

NSU will spend the opening weekend of the 2022 campaign in the state of Tennessee, where the Sharks will face King on Sept. 1 along with Carson-Newman on Sept. 3. The Sharks will then head to Lakeland, Fla. on Sept. 10 for the start of SSC play versus Florida Southern – the first of three straight league matches for NSU.

Among the early stretch of SSC contests for the Sharks features a road test at Florida Tech, the 2021 NCAA South Region Champions, on Sept. 17 before later traveling to take on the 2021 SSC Tournament Champions Embry-Riddle on Oct. 1.

From Oct. 5-19, NSU will play four of five matches at home, opening the stretch against Rollins and eventually wrapping up the home stand with a non-conference showdown versus Flagler.

NSU will close out the regular season with consecutive SSC games against both Eckerd and Palm Beach Atlantic – the latter coming at home on Oct. 25.

The 2022 SSC Tournament will be held this fall from Oct. 31–Nov. 6.

For a complete look at the 2022 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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Louise Matsgard Lands D2CCA All-South Region Honors

JACKSON, Tenn. – Adding to her stellar freshman campaign, Nova Southeastern’s Louise Matsgard has been selected as a member of the Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) Women’s Soccer All-South Region second team.

Voting was conducted by the region’s sports information directors.

A First Team All-Sunshine State Conference pick, Matsgard made a significant impact in her first year in a Shark uniform. Starting all 16 games, the midfielder matched a team high with six goals, including three-game winners, to go along with a pair of assists across a combined 1,284 minutes – second-most on the team. The Swede was held without a goal throughout the first seven matches of the season, yet found her stride in the thick of SSC play, lighting up opponents for all six scores in a span of eight games. Matsgard was twice recognized as the SSC Offensive Player of the Week.

Bailey Tadlock of Christian Brothers collected the award as South Region Player of the Year.

NSU concluded its season in the SSC Tournament quarterfinals with a final record of 8-7-1. To stay up-to-date with the Sharks, follow them on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_WSoccer.

For a complete list of the D2CCA All-South Region teams, click here.
 

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Matsgard, Silva Selected to All-SSC Teams

MELBOURNE, Fla. – On the heels of their notable 2021 seasons, Nova Southeastern women’s soccer standouts Louise Matgard and Chama Silva have been honored as All-Sunshine State Conference members, announced by the league office on Thursday.

Matsgard, a freshman, was named to the All-SSC First Team, while Silva landed on the second team.

Voting was conducted among the league’s coaches.

“Massive congratulations to both Louise and Chama,” said NSU head coach James Moore. “Louise has come in as a true freshman and settled into the team effortlessly. Her desire to compete and improve every day is something to be admired. Chama, meanwhile, is a constant vocal leader on and off the field and her desire to win helps lead and energize the team to new heights.”

A two-time SSC Offensive Player of the Week throughout the season, Matsgard made a significant impact in her first year in a Shark uniform. Starting all 16 games, the midfielder matched a team high with six goals, including three-game winners, to go along with a pair of assists across a combined 1,284 minutes – second-most on the team. The Swede was held without a goal throughout the first seven matches of the season, yet found her stride in the thick of SSC play, lighting up opponents for all six scores in a span of eight games.

After showing flashes as a freshman back in 2019, Silva made considerable strides with the Sharks back on the pitch in 2021. The forward appeared in all 16 games this fall, registering 15 starts, while racking up five goals and a team-best four assists. Silva scored in each of NSU’s final three matches, coming away with SSC Offensive Player of the Week honors on Nov. 8.

Tampa’s Kate Hostage was awarded SSC Player of the Year, with Lynn’s Anniina Sankoh recognized as Offensive Player of the Year. Embry-Riddle reeled in three postseason honors, including Defensive Player of the Year (Anita Agustdottir), Freshman of the Year (Hattie Kettle) and Coach of the Year (Samantha Bohon).

NSU concluded its season in the SSC Tournament quarterfinals with a final record of 8-7-1. To stay up-to-date with the Sharks, follow them on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_WSoccer.

For a complete list of the All-SSC teams, click here.
 
 

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Sharks Unable to Break Through in SSC Tournament Quarterfinal Defeat

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Despite an 8-1 advantage in shots in the second half, including a near-score by Kiki Maribona in the 82nd minute, the Nova Southeastern women’s soccer team came up empty in a 1-0 defeat against Florida Tech in the quarterfinal round of the Sunshine State Conference Tournament on Monday.
 
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Score: Florida Tech 1, Nova Southeastern 0
Records: Florida Tech (9-2-5), Nova Southeastern (8-7-1)
Location: NSU Soccer Complex | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Sharks started slow in Monday’s match, surrendering four shot attempts to the Panthers in the opening 9:43 of the first half.
  • The sluggish start soon caught up to NSU, though, as Florida Tech grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute on a bicycle kick by Marem Ndiongue.
  • Brianna Paige and Emma Brown both tested Florida Tech keeper Maria Sanchez Recuero in the 25th and 27th minutes, yet were turned away before both sides eventually entered halftime with the Panthers clinging to the 1-0 edge.
  • NSU opened the second half with visibly more energy, racking up five shots in the first 7:13. Of the five attempts, though, three were off target and the other two were once again stymied by Sanchez Recuero.
  • Maribona pushed a shot attempt wide left in the 76th minute. It was her header in the 82nd that nearly equalized, yet Sanchez Recuero deflected just enough of the ball to pop it over the crossbar and out of play, ending the Sharks’ hopes of advancing.

STATS OF THE NIGHT:

  • NSU keeper Shannon Hearty collected two saves in the effort.
  • Both teams recorded 11 shots a piece, with the Sharks holding a 7-3 advantage in shots on target.
  • Silva paced the Sharks with a team-high three shots, while Maribona and Dani Correa registering two each.

 
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • NSU split the season series with Florida Tech, taking down the Panthers by a 1-0 margin back on Oct. 2.
  • Florida Tech will now advance to face Palm Beach Atlantic in Thursday’s semifinal round of the SSC Tournament.

 
UP NEXT:
NSU closes its season with a record of 8-7-1. To stay up-to-date with the Sharks, follow them on  Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_WSoccer.

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NSU, Florida Tech Set to Meet in SSC Tournament Quarterfinal

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – After waiting four extra days to pinpoint its opponent, the Nova Southeastern women’s soccer team has its sights set on a rematch with Florida Tech in the opening round of the Sunshine State Conference Tournament, scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m. from the NSU Soccer Complex.

Receiving three goals by three different players, the Sharks collected an impressive road victory this past Tuesday at Rollins to lock up the No. 3 seed in the tournament. However, head coach James Moore and company were forced to play the waiting game, as the pecking order in the conference tournament remained in flux with Rollins needing a make-up date with Florida Southern to close SSC play. Rescheduled from Sept. 22 to Nov. 6, the match was moved once again – this time to Nov. 7 – before Rollins finally came away with a 1-0 win to grab the No. 5 seed, which then bumped Florida Tech into the No. 6 slot.

The stakes will obviously be much higher this time around, yet the Sharks ought to feel fairly confident. Not only will NSU enter Monday fresh off a quality road victory, but will get the Panthers at home once again after previously defeating them 1-0 in Fort Lauderdale back on Oct. 2. In a near-even contest, the Sharks leaned on a sound defensive effort and a goal in the 44th minute by freshman Louise Matsgard.

Matsgard has been a welcomed addition to the Sharks in 2021, and used that first meeting with Florida Tech as a bit of a springboard, having scored all six of her goals in the final month of the season. Matsgard’s six goals are currently tied for the team lead with fellow freshman Dani Correa, while sophomore Chama Silva has registered five goals to go along with a team-high four assists.

While NSU has been one of the better offenses in the SSC, Florida Tech has prided itself as not only the top defense in the SSC, but one of the very best in the entire nation. Through 15 games, the Panthers have logged nine shutouts, good enough for a 0.47 goals-against average. Of the six matches that they’ve surrendered a goal, only Embry-Riddle has been able to tally more than one.

Monday’s winner will advance to Thursday’s semifinal round, where No. 2 seed Palm Beach Atlantic awaits.

For complete coverage of Monday’s action, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com, or follow the Sharks on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_WSoccer.

 

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Sharks’ First-Half Surge Carries Them Into SSC Tournament

WINTER PARK, Fla. – Fighting just to make the Sunshine State Conference Tournament, the Nova Southeastern women’s soccer team didn’t simply back in to their postseason berth, but proved that they belong, scoring three times in the first half and holding off numerous attacks late en route to a gritty 3-2 road win over the Rollins Tars on Tuesday night.
 
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Score: Nova Southeastern 3, Rollins 2
Records: Nova Southeastern (8-6-1, 6-4-0), Rollins (6-6-3, 4-2-3)
Location: Barker Family Stadium | Winter Park, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Sharks displayed their aggressiveness from the first whistle. Louise Matsgard had a shot off a free kick not even a full minute into the game, but it was saved by the Tars goalkeeper. The Tars’ offense also tried to push the pace early, with three shots in the first 10 minutes, but all were off target.
  • Matsgard tried again in the 15th minute, taking a corner kick from Chama Silva about 10 yards in front of the left post and sent the ball just over the keeper’s head into the right corner for the first score of the match.
  • Rollins tested NSU keeper Natalie Robayna for the first time just three minutes later, and she was up to the task, diving to knock the ball away for the save. The Sharks offense was not slowing down, either, and barely five minutes after their first goal, Brianna Paige threw in to Silva, who used some nifty footwork at the right corner of the six-yard box to work around a pair of Tars defenders and get the ball into the left corner of the net to double the lead.
  • The Tars had an opportunity to get one back in the 22nd minute after a Sharks penalty in the box gave them a penalty kick, but the ball went off the base of the right post, a huge boost for the Sharks, as Robayna was going the other direction.
  • Robayna made two additional saves in the half before the Tars cut the lead back to one in the 42nd minute. However, with just over a minute left in the half, the Sharks got that two-score edge back. Racing down the sideline from midfield, Dejah Holman utilized some fancy footwork of her own to work her into the box and hit Dani Correa with a one-timer just in front of the six-yard box, hitting the back of the net at dead-center.
  • In the 67th minute, Rollins closed to within a goal once more, rebounding a Robayna save and rerouting it back into the net.
  • Robayna did her best work in the game’s most important moments, making huge saves in the 82nd and 84th minutes to maintain the lead, and with less than four minutes left, Olivia Graham cleared a header from in front of the right side of the goal to keep the Tars at bay once and for all.

STATS OF THE NIGHT:

  • The Sharks earned the victory despite a 22-12 shot disadvantage, as the Tars outshot them by five in each half: first 12-7, then 10-5. Only nine of those 22 Rollins shots were on target, however, while the Sharks’ three scores came on just five shots on goal.
  • Correa led the team with four shots off the bench, followed by Matsgard’s three and Holman, who had two.
  • Each of the Sharks’ top three leading scorers notched goals, with Correa and Matsgard maintaining their team-high of six for the season, with Silva right behind at five. In the points category, Matsgard and Silva, thanks to her assist, now lead the way with 14 each, with Correa on their heels at 13.
  • Robayna matched her season high with six saves, improving her record to 5-2-1 overall and 4-2 in SSC play.

 
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • The Sharks scored three goals in a single half of conference action for the second time this season, the first being in the second half vs. Eckerd on Oct. 16. It was the first time they did so on the road since Sept. 20, 2017, against Embry-Riddle, and the first such occurrence in a first half since Oct. 1, 2016, at Palm Beach Atlantic.
  • This match was the first-ever battle of the Truong sisters. Lily, a graduate student for the Sharks, who previously played Division I soccer for Alabama and Stetson, logged 27 minutes as a starter, while Lana, a sophomore for the Tars, notched an assist and a shot in her 11 minutes off the bench.

 
UP NEXT:
With the win, the Sharks earn the No. 3 seed in the SSC Tournament, marking their sixth consecutive trip to the postseason. They will host a quarterfinal match against either Florida Tech or Rollins, at a time to be decided. The Sharks won their matchups with both teams this season, defeating the Panthers 1-0 at home on Oct. 2, with Matsgard providing the lone score late in the first half. For complete coverage of the action, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_WSoccer.
 

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Sharks Drop Senior Night Clash with No. 23 Embry-Riddle

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Not even a little Senior Night magic could do the trick, as the Nova Southeastern women’s soccer team fell short 3-2 to 23rd-ranked Embry-Riddle on Saturday night. .
 
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Score: No. 23 Embry-Riddle 3, Nova Southeastern 2
Records: No. 23 Embry-Riddle (9-3-2, 7-2-1 SSC), Nova Southeastern (7-6-1, 5-4 SSC)
Location: NSU Soccer Complex | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • NSU produced more quality scoring chances in the early going, yet it was the Eagles finding the back of the net first in the 31st minute after Isabelle Navren’s corner kick attempt was knocked in by Ragnheidur Gardarsdottir.
  • The Sharks would answer, though, a mere 3:07 later when Lily Truong recorded her first goal in an NSU uniform after converting a feed from Chama Silva.
  • A save late in the half by NSU keeper Shannon Hearty sent both sides into intermission knotted up at 1-1.
  • Still even in the 69th minute, ERAU’s Allie McMandon did the work herself, weaving her way through a couple NSU defenders before burying a shot into the right corner of the net to hand the Eagles a 2-1 advantage.
  • Dejah Holman nearly provided the equalizer in the 79th minute, only to watch ERAU’s Oona Jokinen make an outstanding save. Adding insult to injury, ERAU would add some insurance just over three minutes later, extending its lead to 3-1.
  • Truong missed her second goal of the night by just inches in the 83rd minute, ricocheting a shot attempt off the crossbar.
  • Awarded a free kick in the 85th minute, Silva dodged the ERAU wall, cutting the deficit in half thanks to her fourth goal of the season.
  • NSU would come up empty-handed in the final moments, as the Eagles preserved the 3-2 victory. 

STATS OF THE NIGHT:
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • With Saturday’s win, ERAU clinched the Sunshine State Conference regular season title outright.
  • NSU honored Hearty, Robayna, Dejah Holman, Brianna King, Morgan Masters and Mckenzie Ramey prior to kickoff.
  • Saturday’s game was a rematch of the 2019 NCAA South Region Championship.

 
UP NEXT:
The Sharks will look to lock up a spot in the SSC Tournament when they conclude the regular season next Tuesday on the road at Rollins. For complete coverage of the action, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com, or follow the Sharks on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_WSoccer.
 
 

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Sharks Overtake Lions in Road Victory

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern women’s soccer team overcame an early deficit with two goals in a span of 76 seconds en route to a 2-1 Sunshine State Conference road win against the Saint Leo Lions on Saturday night.
 
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Score: Nova Southeastern 2, Saint Leo 1
Records: Nova Southeastern (7-5-1, 5-3-0), Saint Leo (2-10-2, 1-6-1)
Location: Saint Leo Soccer Field | Saint Leo, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Sharks found themselves in a hole just under nine minutes in after a blocked Lions shot resulted in a handball in the box. The ensuing penalty kick found the bottom left corner of the net for the first score.
  • Though the Sharks didn’t even register a shot until more than 18 minutes in, they certainly made their first one count, when Annie Bjork intercepted a Saint Leo throw-in and passed it to Chama Silva, who caught the defense off-guard with a right-footer into the left corner from about 25 yards out to tie the match.
  • Hardly a minute later, Bjork rebounded a blocked Jordyn Pitter attempt and sent the ball into the box for Louise Matsgard, who beat the keeper one-on-one with ease on the right edge of the net for the lead.
  • It took another 15 minutes of action for either team to attempt another shot, and the Sharks took three tries in the final 3:30 before halftime, the latter two saved by the Lions keeper.
  • While the Sharks maintained their pressure after the break, tallying eight shots throughout the period, the defense also continued to deny the Lions much at all in game-tying opportunities. Natalie Robayna faced just three attempts all half, making saves in the 59th and 69th minutes to keep the lead and hold on for the win.

 
STATS OF THE NIGHT:

  • The Sharks held a 14-8 advantage in shots, with each team being on-target with exactly half of their totals.
  • Matsgard’s game-winner extended her team lead this year to three such goals out of five total, which also puts her in a tie with Dani Correa for most of any NSU player.
  • All five of Matsgard’s scores have come in conference play, placing her in a tie for third in the league in goals in SSC action and the leader among all freshmen.
  • Silva’s goal was her third of the season, while Bjork’s two assists marked the first two points of her Sharks career.
  • The last player with two assists in a game was Brianna Paige in the 7-0 win against Florida Memorial on Sept. 13, while the last such occurrence in an SSC match was Hannah Christophe in a 2-2 tie with Florida Southern on Oct. 7, 2017.

 
UP NEXT:
The Sharks will have a week off to prepare for Senior Night on Saturday, Oct. 30, when Embry-Riddle come to town in a game with major SSC Tournament implications. The Eagles sit just one point ahead of the Sharks in third place in the conference standings, with both teams within one game of Palm Beach Atlantic and Tampa, who each have 18 points at the top of the conference. For complete coverage of the action, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_WSoccer.
 
 

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NSU Falls to Barry in Defensive Struggle

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Nova Southeastern women’s soccer team ended up on the wrong side of a low-scoring affair, falling to the Barry Buccaneers 1-0 on Wednesday night in Sunshine State Conference action.
 
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Score: Barry 1, Nova Southeastern 0
Records: Barry (5-5-2, 2-3-2), Nova Southeastern (6-5-1, 4-3)
Location: NSU Soccer Complex | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Only two minutes in, the Bucs took the game’s first shot from just outside the right corner of the box, with NSU keeper Shannon Hearty making the save easily.
  • Both teams became rather passive, however. The Sharks’ first try, a header by Louise Matsgard, was blocked in the eighth minute, and Hearty stopped another chance in the 15th. The only action for the next 25 minutes came from Lily Truong at point-blank range 28 minutes in.
  • In the 40th minute, following a Sharks foul on the far side near midfield, the Bucs took a free kick that somehow got past their line of attackers and the Sharks’ line of defenders and rolled into the net untouched for the first, and, as time would tell, only score of the game.
  • Everything the Sharks tried in the second half was thwarted, as well. The action ramped up about 18 minutes in, with Hearty later adding two more saves in the 63rd and 70th minutes.
  • The Sharks got off three attempts of their own in the last 20 minutes, but to no avail.

 
STATS OF THE NIGHT:

  • Each team attempted just six shots on the night, five on goal for Barry, compared to three for NSU. For the Sharks’ defense, that number represented a season-low for shots allowed in conference play. Unfortunately, it was also the fewest the offense has gotten off all season, as they came into the match averaging over 14 per.
  • Half of the Sharks’ six shots came from Matsgard, while Truong, Chama Silva and Jordyn Pitter provided the other three.

 
UP NEXT:
The Sharks will look to return to the win column when they hit the road to face the Saint Leo Lions on Saturday, Oct. 23. For complete coverage of the action, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com or follow the Sharks on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_WSoccer.
 
 

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Matsgard Earns Second SSC Offensive Player of the Week Honor

MELBOURNE, Fla. – For the second time already this month, Nova Southeastern freshman Louise Matsgard has been named the Sunshine State Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week, announced by the league office on Monday.

Matsgard continued her impressive play as of late, tallying a pair of goals in NSU’s come-from-behind, 3-2 victory over Eckerd this past Saturday. With the Sharks trailing 1-0 at early in the second half, the Swede scored twice in a span of 4:56 to give NSU a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Matsgard has now scored a combined four goals in the Sharks’ last four matches – all in SSC play.  

In the midst of a two-game win streak, the Sharks sit just one game out first at 4-2 in the SSC standings.

Matsgard and the Sharks will return to the pitch this Wednesday at 7 p.m. when they host rival Barry. For complete coverage of the action, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com, or follow the Sharks on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_WSoccer.

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