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Eastern Florida Women Seek First Home, Region 8 Soccer Victory Against Polk

Sept. 5, 2013 - Eastern Florida State College's women's soccer team seeks its first win on its new field and to gain an advantage in the tussle for the Florida College System Activities Association/NJCAA Region 8 postseason berth when it hosts Polk State College at 7 p.m. Saturday on the Melbourne Campus.

Admission to the first night game at the facility is free.

Eastern Florida played its first two games on the field last week, tying St. Louis Community College 1-1 on Thursday, April 29, and losing 5-0 to Cerritos (CA) College on Sunday.

Polk defeated St. Louis, 4-3, on Sunday after St. Louis lost 6-1 to Cerritos on Friday.

Eastern Florida head coach Jeff Carr had hoped to see a better effort from his team and stressed that in practice leading up to the first of three crucial games against Polk. Eastern Florida also plays Broward College three times as does Polk with the team with the best record advancing to the playoffs.

Eastern Florida (then Brevard Community College) advanced to the postseason in 2012 and reached the NJCAA Division I National Championship Tournament title game where it lost 3-0 to Paradise Valley (AZ) Community College.

The long, arduous road back for Eastern Florida, which is 2-1-1 on the season, begins with Polk which is 1-1 under new head coach Steven Linamen.

"The players know what is at stake," Carr said. "And I would expect they will respond accordingly. What's behind us is behind us. I trust we learned from our last two games and will apply those lessons beginning on Saturday."

Sophomore Jenci Villaverde of Palm Bay, FL, leads Eastern Florida in scoring with six goals while classmates Nikki Mitchell of Toronto, Canada, and Amanda Lodge of Fleming Island, FL, have three each. Lodge and freshman Samanta Solis have three assists each.

Sophomores Amy Clason-Messina of Bend, OR, and Katelyn Kern, of Deltona, FL, have split goal keeping duties.

Eastern Florida dropped two positions to fourth in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll.