Fast start pushes Blue Raiders past FIU
By Daniel Johnson MTN Sports Reporter March 26, 2021
The Blue Raiders women’s soccer team was able to get back on the pitch Friday night after being out of action for two weeks. The Blue Raiders played their fourth Conference USA match of the season, facing off with FIU. Despite the two-week absence from play, the Blue Raiders displayed no rust.
Not even two minutes into the match, Peyton DePriest struck first as she scored her third goal of the season at the 43:35 mark. The goal was assisted by Eleanor Gough. A few minutes later, FIU would fall victim to their own mistakes, as they were credited with an own goal at the 37:27 mark. Shortly after that at the 35:30 mark, Gough joined DePriest in the scoring category, as she was able to capitalize off a pass from Taylor Hamlett. That was Eleanor Gough’s first goal of the season and first as a Blue Raider.
The Blue Raiders got their scoring out of the way early as they scored their three goals in the first ten minutes of the match.
Despite a better effort in the second half from FIU, the Blue Raiders were able to hold the Panthers scoreless, as they defeated FIU 3-0. Blue Raider goalkeeper Hannah Suder secured her second shutout of the season, while also being credited for three saves. The Blue Raiders outshot FIU 9-8, and 5-3 on shots on goal.
“I was impressed with our efforts early on tonight, given the fact that we haven’t played in a while," said Blue Raider head coach Aston Rhoden. “I hate that we missed an opportunity to play, especially against a quality opponent like Ole Miss, but it felt good being back out there tonight. Moving forward, I would like for us to be more ruthless while getting after it early, and more composed in closing out games.”
The Blue Raiders return home next Friday against Florida Atlantic on Senior Night. Game time is set for 7 p.m.