Argos win 9th straight, beat UAH 4-1
Palmer records a goal and three assists for five points in the UWF victory
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The West Florida women’s soccer team extended its winning streak to nine games with a 4-1 win at Alabama-Huntsville Friday afternoon.
The Argonauts’ Chelsea Palmer (Plano, Texas/Tyler JC) played a part in every goal, recording one goal and three assists. Leading scorer Shelby Bush (Shalimar, Fla./Darton) recorded her eighth goal of the season and Daniela Cruz (San Jose, Costa Rica/University of Costa Rica) and Monica Malavassi (San Jose, Costa Rica/University of Costa Rica) each picked up their second goal in the victory.
The Argos (9-0, 5-0 Gulf South Conference) didn’t waste any time scoring. Within the first two minutes of the game, Alex Pickrell (Pace, Fla./Pace HS) sent a corner kick to Palmer who crossed it to Bush who scored on a header at the 1:43 mark.
Palmer picked up her second assist of the day when she served a through ball to Cruz who scored at the 22:19 mark.
In the second half, Bush returned the favor to Palmer. Bush sent a pass to Palmer who took advantage of the opportunity for her fifth goal of the season to put UWF up 3-0 with 63:31 on the clock.
UAH (4-5, 0-3) prevented a shutout when Khadijah Jannah served a pass to Cady Reisman who scored at the 68:48 mark.
The Argos had a good opportunity to extend their lead to three at the 79:13 mark, but a penalty-kick attempt by Bush was blocked and Malavassi was unable to secure the rebound off the keeper.
Malavassi made up for it less than a minute later when Palmer recorded her third assist of the day, sending a pass to Malavassi who dribbled around the keeper before scoring her second goal of the season with 79:56 on the clock.
Sarah Story (Hoover, Ala./Darton) recorded five saves on six shots on goal, and UWF outshot UAH 26-9 on the day.
The Argos have given up more than one goal just once this season.
UWF will play Shorter on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET in Rome, Ga. before heading home for a homecoming match against West Alabama on Oct. 5 and a big match against No. 9 Armstrong on Oct. 8.
For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.
Soccer Game Summary (Final)
West Florida Women's Soccer
#2 West Florida vs UAH (09/28/12 at Huntsville, Ala.)
West Florida9-0 (5-0 GSC) vs. UAH5-5 (2-1 GSC)
Date: 09/28/12 Attendance: 212
Weather: 76 Degrees; Broken Clouds; Breezy
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
West Florida........ 2 2 - 4
UAH................. 0 1 - 1
1. 1:43 UWF Shelby Bush (8) (Alex Pickrell;Chelsea Palmer) - Header off of short corner kick cross in
2. 21:28 UWF Daniela Cruz (2) (Chelsea Palmer) - Off corner kick deflection; Fired in off deflection from keeper
3. 63:31 UWF Chelsea Palmer (5) (Shelby Bush) - Breakaway played to side; cross in finished past keeper
4. 68:48 UAH Cady Reisman (3) (Khadijah Jannah) - Off save from Jannah shot; finished nearside of keeper
5. 79:56 UWF Monica Malavassi (2) (Chelsea Palmer) - Breakaway; Made iso move from keeper in box; finished inside post
Shots: West Florida 26, UAH 9
Saves: West Florida 5 (Sarah Story 5), UAH 8 (Iris Gunnarsdottir 8)
West Florida ranked No.2 according to the NSCAA