FORT MYERS, Fla. - After a scoreless first half, the FGCU women's soccer team exploded in the second with four goals as the Eagles earned a 4-1 win over visiting Florida Atlantic University in their second exhibition contest of the preseason Friday afternoon at the FGCU Soccer Complex.
Goals from Paulina Speckmaier (Miami, Fla./University of Florida), Tabitha Tindell (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic HS), Shannen Wacker (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa HS) and Meghan Hayden (Greenwich, Conn./University of Richmond) proved to be the difference as FGCU wrapped up their preseason by out-scoring their two opponents, 6-2.
The game was played in the middle third of the pitch for the majority of the first half, but FGCU turned on the pressure late in the stanza and had a few quality scoring chances en route to holding an 8-2 shot edge at the break.
FGCU used that momentum at the end of the first and capitalized with a goal just 20 seconds into the second half. A perfectly-placed thru ball by Tindell found its way into the run of Speckmaier, who made a touch to her left at the top of the box before being taken down inside of it by the goalkeeper. The sophomore then calmly deposited the penalty kick to her right to give FGCU a 1-0 advantage.
After assisting on the opener, Tindell scored the second goal of the game after receiving a pass from freshman Yazmin Velez (Venice, Fla./Venice HS), turning to her right and firing a curving shot into the upper corner of the net from the corner of the box.
Wacker gave FGCU the insurance tally it needed in the 75th minute after running on to a long pass from the midfield by Kaila Browe (Kendall, N.Y./Kendall HS), taking one dribble in-between the goalkeeper’s legs and touching her second goal of the preseason into a waning net to give the Green and Blue a 3-0 lead.
FAU, which had only three shots compared with 21 by FGCU, scored its lone goal of the match in the 84th minute when Amunique Scott headed home a goal off a corner kick to pull the Owls within two, 3-1.
However, just minutes later FGCU tacked on its fourth strike of the period, and once again it originated from great vision by Browe as the redshirt sophomore sent a ball on the ground to Hayden, who just tucked her shot into the left side of the net from near the top of the 18.
FGCU will now prepare for its official season opener next Friday at the University of Florida at 7 p.m. and will begin the home portion of their 2013 docket on Sunday, Aug. 25, at 1 p.m. against Albany.