Hurricanes swept in openers

Hurricanes swept in openers

The Georgia Southwestern soccer teams combined to go 0-for-2 on Friday afternoon at Hurricane Field for Opening Day 2010. The Lady Hurricanes were defeated 3-1 by Thomas University in the early match, while the men fell 3-0 to Eckerd College in the nightcap.   


Thomas broke a 1-1 tie in the 62nd minute and went on to the 3-1 victory over Georgia Southwestern on Friday afternoon.

The Lady Night Hawks (2-1) struck first in the contest when Carina Spengler drilled a shot into the top right corner of the net from 30 yards out just 1:16 into the contest to give TU a 1-0 advantage.

The Lady Hurricanes tied the match at the 60:01 mark when Carolann Simpson punched a rebound in front of the goal between the pipes for her first NCAA goal.

Thomas answered 80 seconds later with a goal from Aida Vojnikovic off a breakaway pass from Shelby Gillis.

Spengler finished the scoring by notching her second goal in the 81st minute, a header that came from Hannah Claesson.

Courtney Allison made nine saves for GSW in her debut. The Lady 'Canes were outshot 19-4.

Southwestern returns to action on Sunday with a noon match at home against Eckerd College.       


The visiting Tritons spoiled Georgia Southwestern's season opener, defeating the Hurricanes, 3-0.

Alex Patterson opened the scoring in the 38th minute for Eckerd off a cross from teammate Anthony Arico. The score remained 1-0 until the second half when EC added to their lead with goals in the 54th and 60th minutes.

GSW goalkeeper David Porley made six saves in the match. Southwestern was outshot 18-3.

The Hurricanes meet fifth-ranked Tampa on Sunday in Columbus.