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On The Road Again for Eastern Florida Women's Soccer Team
Sept. 12, 2013 - For Eastern Florida State College's women's soccer team it's another case of "my bags are packed and I'm ready to go" and this time they'll be leaving on a jet plane.
Eastern Florida opened its season with two games in Mississippi, played three at home and now departs for games on Friday and Saturday in New York State. The Titans then travel to Georgia and Fort Lauderdale before finally playing another home game on Sept. 30.
"If nothing else the road games give our players time to bond," said Eastern Florida head coach Jeff Carr whose 3-1-1 team is ranked fifth nationally by the NJCAA and sixth by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Eastern Florida meets NJCAA seventh-ranked and NSCAA eighth-ranked Monroe Community College at 4 p.m. Friday on the Tribunes' home field in Rochester, N.Y. It then plays Jackson (MI) College at 2 p.m. on Saturday, also at Monroe.
Monroe is 3-1 and Jackson 2-1. The Eastern Florida-Monroe game can be viewed online via a link at www.mcctribunes.com/sports/wsoc/2013-14/schedule
Eastern Florida is third in the nation in shots with 114, sixth in shots per game (22.8), second in shots on goal (80), 11th in goals (21), seventh in assists (18) and 13th in corner kicks (22).
"Offensively we have been and are aggressive," Carr said.
The Titans have allowed seven goals – five in a 5-0 loss to Cerritos (CA) College. Sophomore goalkeepers Amy Clason-Messina and Katelyn Kern have combined for 16 saves, 13 for Clason-Messina in 355 minutes and three for Kern in 115 minutes.
"Defensively we are coming together," Carr said.
Eastern Florida won its most recent game, 4-1 over Florida College System Activities Association/NJCAA Region 8 foe Polk State College for its first victory on its new home field on the Melbourne Campus.
Sophomore Jenci Villaverde leads Eastern Florida in scoring with eight goals and two assists. Sophomore Nikki Mitchell has four goals and three assists while sophomore Amanda Lodge has three goals and four assists.
"Our forwards have been productive and we expect that to continue," Carr said. "At the same time their teammates deserve a good amount of credit for their ability to get them the ball."