West Florida Fall in National Tournament

first_img Share Nov. 9, 2007 Box Score  PENSACOLA, Fla. – For third time in as many weeks West Florida (18-2-0) was facing a familiar foe in the form of Montevallo (17-3-1), however, unlike the previous matches the Falcons would get the best for the Argonauts, as they held on for a 2-1 victory Friday night at the UWF Sports Complex during the first round of the NCAA tournament.West Florida would crack the score board first with a goal in the 35th minute of action. Rafael Segal would find an open Keith Savage at the top of the box who fired a shot on goal that was save by Montevallo goalkeeper Melvin James Jr., but Jimmy McHenry was there to follow up the shot netting his team best 17th goal of the season. On the goal, Savage would be credited with the assist his 25th in his career, which is tied for the school record, set by Pat Cannon (1999-2001).The Argonauts would hold strong and take the 1-0 lead into the break. The Argonauts would out shoot the Falcons 7-3 in the first half and more then double the Falcons corner kick attempts (7-3).In the second half Montevallo was determined to even the match as they fired nine second half shots to West Florida seven.The Falcons would get the equalizer on a penalty kick in the in the 73rd minute, following a hand ball on the edge of the box. Glen Murphy would complete the kick.The game winning goal came in the seven minutes later when Temo Gonzalez found a wide open Milan Pualic on the back post who buried the ball past Argonauts goalkeeper Juan Garcia.”The penalty kick changed the momentum of the match,” said head coach Bill Elliott. “There is no doubt about it. We gave it our best. We had to play Montevallo three times in the last 15 days. This was just a tough time to come out with a loss.”For the Falcons it is the first time in 12 matches that they have defeated the Argonauts dating back to 2000. It was also the first win for Montevallo in an NCAA Tournament fixture.The loss bring West Florida’s season to a disappointing end after they broke several school record including a 18 game winning streak and an eight-game road winning streak.”There is so much to be proud of,” said Elliott. “We were ranked third in the nation before conference and we won 18 games in a row. We have made it to regionals for the past two seasons. I have a great group of seniors who I hate to lose, but starting tomorrow we have to start preparing for next season.” Print Friendly Version West Florida Fall in National Tournamentlast_img

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