The Valdosta Daily Times
With the second largest crowd in the short history of Valdosta State soccer on hand, the Blazers delivered a thrilling 1-0 win over Florida Southern in Friday night's home opener.
Attendance was announced at 649, and the crowd had plenty to be excited about as the Blazers continuously pressured the Mocs throughout the contest. Valdosta State outshot Florida Southern 15-3 on the night.
The highlight of the match came early in the second half when Margaret Stauffer, a sophomore from Colorado Springs, Colorado, found a crease in the box and lifted a soft floater high over the outstretched arms of Moc keeper Erin Moseley. Stauffer's shot found the net, giving the Blazers a 1-0 lead, which they were able to retain all the way to the final horn.
Blazer keeper Olivia Mills stopped all three shots taken by Florida Southern on the night, giving the junior captain her first shutout of the year.
With the victory, the Blazers open up with a 1-0 record, while the Mocs fall to 0-1. The weekend tournament continues on Sunday, with the Mocs set to take on North Georgia at noon, and the Blazers wrapping up the action beginning at 2:00 p.m.