Behind Marcela Shartouny’s two goals and Aurya Downey’s three-assist performance, the USCB women’s soccer team collected its first shutout win of the season, blanking Sun Conference rival Warner 3-0 on Wednesday at Fin Land Field.
The first half started back-and-forth for both squads, as they traded shots and felt each other out, but the Sand Sharks maintained most of the possession through the middle portion of the first half and mustered six shots (four on goal) over an 11-minute stretch to begin to seize the momentum.
In the 37th minute, USCB finally rippled the net, as Shartouny tallied the game’s first goal. USCB earned a corner, and Downey took the set piece, sending a left-footed cross to the near post, where Shartouny redirected the pass into the open net.
Just four minutes later, USCB doubled its lead when Shartouny found the back of the net for her second goal of the game. Navie Webb ripped a shot for USCB, and the attempt hit the crossbar. Shartouny found the rebound and flicked the ball into the open net to take the 2-0 advantage.
After the halftime break, the Sand Sharks quickly made the game 3-0 when freshman Madison Foshee posted her first career goal. Following a goal kick, Downey worked behind her defender on the left side and connected with a through ball to Foshee at the top of the 18-yard box. Warner’s goalkeeper started to pressure Foshee, but the Sand Shark flicked the ball around the goalkeeper to give USCB the three-goal advantage.
After taking its three-goal lead, USCB didn’t take a shot for the final 41 minutes. Warner found some offensive success after the 70th minute, as it recorded four shots (two on goal) and four corners, but the Royals couldn’t cut into the deficit.
Mariah Ruckdeschel needed only four saves to preserve the shutout thanks to a strong defensive effort from the Sand Sharks.
The Sand Sharks (2-1) had their game against Florida Memorial on Saturday postponed to Oct. 21, so they have a layoff until Oct. 17, when they host St. Thomas (Fla.) at noon.
Photo by Lauren Henderson / USCB Athletics