Sharks Finish in Draw with Eagles

JEFFERSON CITY, TN – Jordyn Pitter was able to find the back of the net early in the first half to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead. However, after an Eagles shot was able to sneak through and tie the game in the 72nd minute of the game, both defenses locked in the rest of the game. Due to that, the Sharks and Eagles end this match in a 1-1 draw.

INSIDE THE MATCH
SCORE: Nova Southeastern 1, Carson-Newman 1
RECORDS: Nova Southeastern (1-0-1), Carson-Newman (1-1-2)
LOCATION: Jefferson City, TN. | Harvey Stadium
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HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Stefane Rosa was lockdown in goal right out the gate, knocking away three goal attempts from the Eagles, including a penalty kick save.
  • In the 24th minute, after being setup by Louise Matsgard and Chama Silva, Jordyn Pitter was able to find the back for the first time this season, giving the Sharks a 1-0 lead.
  • The Eagles tried to fire in a few more shots before half but Rosa swiped them away.
  • At the start of the second half, the Sharks offense went on the attack, attempting 4 shots, but none were able to sneak by the Eagles goalkeeper.
  • In the 72nd minute, the Eagles were able to sneak one past Rosa, tying the match at 1-1.
  •  The Sharks offense tried to make up for the allowed goal, but both of Luana Grabias’s shot attempts were wide of the net.
  • Both defenses hunkered down and held both teams an offensive chance the rest of the way, leaving this one to end in a draw.
  • The Sharks’ defense hunkered down and helped secure NSU the season-opening win.

STATS OF THE MATCH

  • Stefane Rosa was able to swipe away 7 goal attempts from the Eagles.
  • Jordyn Pitter scored her first goal of the season, which was also her first goal in her NSU career.
  • 4 different Sharks were able to get a shot on goal.

UPCOMING
Nova Southeastern continues their road journey on Saturday, September 10th as they take on the Florida Southern Mocs at 7:00pm in Lakeland, Florida.

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Sharks Start Season with Shutout Win

BRISTOL, TN – The Sharks’ offense put on a show, leading to a dominant 2-0 win over King in the opener of the 2022 season. Katharina Jüllich and Luana Grabias each recorded their first goals in a Sharks uniform to lead NSU to the victory. 

INSIDE THE MATCH
SCORE: Nova Southeastern 2, King 0
RECORDS: Nova Southeastern (1-0), King (0-2)
LOCATION: Bristol, TN. | Parks Field
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HOW IT HAPPENED

· The Sharks and Tornado played a tight game for the first 20 minutes as neither team was able to fire off a shot attempt.

· In the back-end of the first half, both Luana Grabias and Johanna Barth were able to get shots on goal, but were unable to sneak it past the Tornado’s goalkeeper.

· Sharks came out the gate in the second half firing off 9 shot attempts within the first 15 minutes of the half, including 3 from Jordyn Pitter.

· In the 85th minute, the Sharks offense was finally able to convert, with Katharina Jüllich finding the back of the net to score NSU’s first goal on the new season. Jüllich was assisted by Luana Grabias.

· After helping out her teammate, Luana Grabias was able to also sneak the ball past the Tornado’s goalkeeper to give NSU a 2-0 lead in the 87th minute. Grabias was set up for the goal by Sofia Suarez.

· The Sharks’ defense hunkered down and helped secure NSU the season-opening win.

STATS OF THE MATCH

· Nova Southeastern outshot King 27-2 throughout the match, including 14 shots on goal.

· Nine different Sharks attempted a shot-on-goal throughout the match.

UPCOMING
Nova Southeastern continues their road journey on Saturday, September 3rd as they take on the Carson-Newman Eagles at 5:00pm in Jefferson City, Tennessee

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Sharks Picked Fifth in SSC Preseason Poll

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Sunshine State Conference announced its Women’s Preseason Coaches’ Poll earlier on Wednesday morning, placing the Sharks fifth in the league. Nova Southeastern earned 70 points in the poll, landing behind Embry-Riddle, Rollins, Florida Tech and Tampa.

Nova Southeastern finished the 2021 campaign with an 8-7-1 record, placing third in the league, and advanced to the Sunshine State Conference tournament in the program’s first season under Head Coach James Moore.

The Sharks return a pair of All-SSC team members in Louise Matsgard (first-team) and Chama Silva (second-team), who are looking to lead NSU into the 2022 season. In her freshman year, Matsgard started all 16 games for NSU and tied for the team lead with six goals – including three game-winners – while adding two assists.

Silva made a tremendous leap in 2021, starting all 16 matches, scoring five goals and finishing with a team-leading four assists.

2022 SSC WOMEN’S SOCCER PRESEASON COACHES POLL

 

Rank

School

Total

1

Embry-Riddle

97 (8)

2

Rollins

81

3

Florida Tech

77 (1)

4

Tampa

71 (2)

5

Nova Southeastern

70

6

Palm Beach Atlantic

62

T7

Barry

44

T7

Lynn

44

9

Saint Leo

22

10

Eckerd

19

11

Florida Southern

18

The Sharks, in year two under Head Coach James Moore, return to the pitch on Thurs., Sept. 1 in Bristol, TN., against King at 7 p.m. To stay up-to-date on the Sharks, be sure to follow on Instagram and Twitter at NSU_WSoccer.
 

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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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