Trojans Soccer comes from behind for win

TROY, Ala. The Trojan soccer team defeated Florida Atlantic Sunday in a thrilling come-from-behind victory.

It was the eleventh meeting between the two squads, but Sunday's victory was Troy's first-ever defeat of the Owls.

"We had an increased effort today," head coach Chris Bentley said. "We fell behind but did a great job of fighting back and securing the win."

The match began with both sides finding equal opportunity to possess the ball. However, only one shot had been attempted in the first 15 minutes of the match. At halftime, the stalemate was still very much in play with the game tied nil-nil.

"We weren't playing bad, we just needed to do a better job of creating and finishing our opportunities," Bentley said.

It wasn't until the 46th minute that the first goal would come and it was FAU that struck first. Forward Jesse Shugg found her way through the Trojan defense to score the first goal of the match and take the lead for the Owls.

The next twenty minutes would be a hostile deadlock as a total of 22 fouls were committed in the match and three yellow cards issued.

"The fouls certainly affected the rhythm of the game, but that was just the deal that was given to us and we had to adjust to it," Bentley said.

Troy was finally able to adjust to the physicality of the match as forward Ruth Sutcliffe scored the equalizing goal on a header from a Mary Morris pass.

With the game tied at 1-1 the match turned into an even more physical struggle until the 89th minute when FAU was called for a hand ball in their own box giving Troy forward Mary Morris an opportunity to give her team the win on a penalty-kick.

"It was still a team effort that created the opportunity and that is what won the game," Morris said after her slow rolling ground shot slipped passed the FAU goalkeeper to give her team the lead.

"After the ball went in the goal I just remember feeling pure excitement and running to hug the first person I could find," Morris said.

The Trojans were able to fend off the Owls for the remaining two minutes to give them their third conference win.

"It was great win and our first against FAU," Bentley said. "It was a great learning experience for us as well and we hope we can build off of it going into this next week."

Troy soccer will hit the pitch again on Friday, October 8 as they take on North Texas in the confines of the Trojan Soccer Complex. Admission is free to all home soccer matches, and the matches will be available on All-Access via