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STATS OF THE MATCH:
- PBA got on the scoreboard first on a penalty kick goal following a handball called on Jeeda Al-Naber in the box. Sydney Timmes converted the PK and the Saiflish led 1-0 in the 26th minute.
- The momentum was back-and-forth the rest of the first half and the Panthers went into halftime down 0-1.
- Tech came out firing on all cylinders in the second half as they controlled the pace of play, outshooting PBA 8-3 with a 5-0 edge in corner kicks.
- The Panthers tied the game up in the 77th minute as Marem Ndiongue headed the ball into the back of the net off a Mayara Queiroz Reis corner kick. It was Ndiongue’s fifth goal of the season and Queiroz Reis’ fourth assist.
- The score remained even at the end of regulation and the teams went back to their sidelines to prepare for extra time.
- Tech continued its strong play in the first overtime, controlling the ball on its offensive end and holding a 4-0 edge in shots in the period.
- In the 98th minute, PBA was called for a handball in the box, setting the Panthers up with a penalty kick opportunity to win the match. Queiroz Reis converted the shot into the top of the net to send Florida Tech to Sunday’s SSC Championship Game.
- Ndiongue led Tech with eight shots in the game and four shots on goal. Queiroz Reis, Vilma Ferdfelt and Daniela Tobon each had one shot on goal in the match.
- Maria Sanchez Recuero made one save in the game while PBA goalkeeper Madison Chiola finished with five saves.
“Tonight we showed fantastic resilience and desire to get the result,” said head coach Ryan Moon. “We weren’t good enough in the first half and put ourselves in an uphill battle because of it. Credit to PBA with their game plan and making it difficult for us. In the second half, we rolled our sleeves up and showed a lot of heart and fight to get back in the game. We are excited for the opportunity on Sunday to challenge for a trophy.”
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Florida Tech advances to the SSC Tournament Championship Game for the third time in program history. The Panthers appeared in the league final in 2010, falling to Tampa 1-0 in overtime, and in 2017, where the Crimson & Gray defeated Tampa 4-2 in penalty kicks.
- Tech keeps its undefeated streak alive as they improve to 7-0-3 over their last 10 games. The Panthers last loss came on Oct. 2 in a 0-1 defeat to Nova Southeastern.
- Panthers improve to 8-2-5 in games decided by one goal this season and move to 2-1-5 in overtime games.
- Prior to today’s match, four members of the Florida Tech women’s soccer team were named to the 2021 All-SSC Teams. JoJo Michaels and Maria Sanchez Recuero earned first team All-SSC honors while Marem Ndiongue and Mayara Queiroz Reis received second team honors.
UP NEXT: Florida Tech advances to the SSC Tournament Championship Game against top-seeded Embry-Riddle on Sunday, Nov. 14. The contest will kickoff at 1 p.m. at the ERAU Soccer Stadium.
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