VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Florida National University women’s soccer team was defeated University of Maine Fort Kent in the championship game of the USCAA National Championship this afternoon (Nov. 10th) at 2:00 PM. The match was played at the Princess Anne Athletic Complex || Virginia beach, VA. With the loss, FNU concludes the season with a 7-11-1 record on the year.
INSIDE THE MATCH UP:
- Score: Florida National University 1 x 2 University of Maine Fort Kent
- Records: Florida National (7-11-1), University of Maine Fort Kent (12-7).
- Location: Princess Anne Athletic Complex || Virginia beach, VA.
- 31:28 | UMFK – Yuliana Sanchez (unassisted) 0-1
- 48:10 | FNU – Mickaela Crespo (Juliana Oliveira) 1-1
- 85:14 | UMFK – Tolu Josephine (Angely Carreno) 1-2
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Conquistadors kept the Bengals off the scoreboard with their strong defense until the 31st minute. Yuliana Sanchez found the back of the net.
- Florida National came out of the second half looking to tie the game and they did exactly that.
- The Conquistadors earned a corner kick and they capitalized on this opportunity.
- Juliana Oliveira placed the corner kick perfectly for Mickaela Crespo to put the ball in the back of the net.
- It wasn’t till the 85th minute when the Bengals would secure the game with a goal by Tolu Josephine off an assist by Angely Carreno.
Florida National University 1 – 1 University of Maine Fort Kent, goal by Mickaela Crespo (@mickaela_calisto). Let’s go Conquistadors! #FNU GoConquistadors
Posted by Florida National University Athletics on Sunday, November 10, 2019
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- The Conquistadors who entered the tournament as the fifth seed, paved their way to the championship game by defeating seed #1 Bryant & Stratton Syracuse and St. Mary of the Woods College.
- They gave the University of Maine Fort Kent a tough battle in the championship game.
- FNU concludes the season with the record 7-11-1.
- University of Maine Fort Kent out-shot Florida National 7-2 in shots on goal.
FNU had 4 players in the all-tournament team.
- Juliana Oliveira | Sr. Midfielder | Florida National University
- Noriann Gaviria | So. Defender | Florida National University
- Dominique Mosley | Fr. Forward | Florida National University
- Michaela Crespo | Fr. Forward | Florida National University
FNU Head Coach Giovanni De La Rosa demonstrated sportsmanship and said: ” I can only be proud of the group. From the Staff down to the last members of the squad. We came in as the #5 seed and we knocked off the #1 seed in the first game 3-1 and then we fought hard and beat another top seeded team. We beat the #4 by a score of 2-0. In the Finals was no easy task University of Maine Fort Kent was the #2 seed and played like it. With the score tied 1-1 getting a defense-man red carded is not good and very hard to replace. It changed the game. Minutes later they scored , but we fought till the end. And we produced two chances from corner kicks. They are a very good team and deserve to be the 2019 USCAA National Champions.”
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About FNU: Florida National University opened its first class on January 4th, 1988, in the city of Hialeah, Florida, as Florida International Institute under the administration of Dr. José Regueiro, Dr. María C. Regueiro and Mr. Omar Sánchez. FNU Athletic Department has more than 250 student-athletes in 11 different sports. Established in 2013, FNU Athletics is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).
The mission of the Florida National University Athletic Department is to provide assistance within an athletic structure that promotes the development of a well rounded education through structured sport and competition, to develop life skills of discipline, integrity, leadership, philanthropy and social responsibility, to elevate ethnic and cultural diversity within the athletic programs, to assure equitable opportunity for all staff and student-athletes, and to make the athletic program a durable source of pride for the student population, student-athletes, alumni, university, and community of FNU.