The Sharks played on Saturday against Florida Southern. NSU started the first set with a 6-0 to get a 7-2 lead. The Moccasins came back with a 9-2 run to steal and hold onto the lead for the rest of the set. Senior Denvyr Tyler-Palmer got a kill, her record-breaking kill of the night, to cut the lead to four, making the score to 18-14. The Mocs went on another run of 7-1 for a 25-15 win. In the second set, the Sharks weren’t able to get a lead, as the Moccasins got a 13-6 lead. Later on, NSU was able to go on a 3-0 run with kills by senior Maddie Uilk and graduate student Leslie Atherton, with help from an error by the Mocs to get the score to 23-18. Florida Southern got a 2-0 run to win the second set. The Sharks were able to hold the lead through the majority of the third set. When the score was at 11-10, sophomore Gabby Bauch made a kill and the Mocs got an error, bringing the score to 13-10. When Florida Southern came within one point, the Sharks took off on a 8-2 run for a score of 22-15. The Moccasins wouldn’t give up, going on a 10-1 run to win the set and the game.
On Saturday, the Sharks defeated Rollins 3-1 for the first time in 10 years. In the first eight minutes of the game, graduate student Bradley Fountain took three shots on goal but all were blocked by Rollins keeper. In the 19 minute of the game senior Darwin Lom earned himself the first goal of the game and his sixth goal of the season which was assisted by senior Arns Carrenard. Three minutes later, sophomore Sebastian Loibl beat the goalkeeper one-on-one with an assist by graduate student Curtis Thorn, marking his ninth goal of the season. In the beginning of the second half, Rollins came back with a goal to trim the margin. Later on, junior Stefan Faistenauer scored the final goal of the game, assisted by junior Ignacio Goya and Loibl. This game improved junior keeper Titouan Le Roux’s SSC-leading numbers to .889 save percentage and .318 goals-against average in play.
On Wednesday, the Sharks suffered a loss against Barry 2-1. Barry struck six minutes into the match scoring with a free kick 21 yards out. The Shark tried to tie minutes later with shots by Loibl and Fountain, but both were blocked. In the 15 minute, Faistenauer lined up for a penalty kick but it was yet again, blocked by Barry. The Sharks first goal of the night came from freshman Aleks Berg, which was assisted by graduate student Jan Luca Ahillen in the 27 minute of the game. In the 59 minute, Barry scored from 20 yards out to to seal the deal. This loss marked the end of the eight-game winning streak for the Sharks. The Sharks made 21 shots overall with 14 on target, yet Barry’s keeper held strong with 13 saves.
On Tuesday, the Sharks won the BUBBA Burger Jacksonville Classic. This win was led by senior Sophie Madden who shot an even-par 72 in the final round to earn a second career win at one-under par for the classic. The Sharks fended off NCAA Division I programs Coastal Carolina and College of Charleston for their eighth victory in their last 10 regular season tournaments. Freshman Hanna Ahlander tied for 13th place with a strong final round of (+1) 73. Senior Aldana Foigel earned 16th place which gave the Sharks three players among the Top-20. NSU paced in both par-4 and par-5 with stroke averages of 4.08 and 5.00. Overall, the Sharks 179 pars were two more than any other team in the field. Madden has now garnered eight Top-10 finishes in her previous nine tournament starts.
The Sharks four game winning streak was broken by a 3-1 defeat by Rollins on Saturday. The Sharks pressured Rollins early by outshooting 7-1. But a costly foul in the 34 minute of the game resulted in a penalty kick with gave Rollins the lead 1-0. In the 40 minute, Rollins scored again to double their advantage. In the second half, Rollins had the upper hand with a third goal in the 53 minute of the game. However, junior Liz Haizlip scored her first goal of the season for the Sharks in the 84 minute of the game but it wasn’t enough for the Sharks to regain momentum. NSU held a 10-9 advantage in shots and a 3-2 advantage in corner kicks in this match-up. The Sharks now stand 7-5 overall this season and 2-2 in the Sunshine State Conference.
On Wednesday, the Sharks met their match with No. 8 Barry, which ended in a tie game. In the first half, junior Emma Heikkila drilled a strike to give the sharks an edge by the 18 minute of the game. In the 67 minute of the game Barry answered for an equalizer. A corner kick by Heikkila in the 84 minute gave a strong opportunity to the Sharks but the attempt was eventually shut down by Barry’s defense.This draw marks the first in the Sharks regular season since it’s tie last year against Florida Southern. Barry outshot NSU by a 17-16 margin but the Sharks held a 5-2 advantage in extra time. Heikkila’s goal of the game marks the fifth goal of the season which now ties her with senior Jemma House for the team lead. Freshman keeper Natalie Robayna collected four saves in the game which brings her goals against average down 1.53.