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WAIPAHU, HAWAII — Florida Gulf Coast's Melissa Arnold scored in the 55th minute off an assist from Tabitha Tindell to lead the Eagles past the Portland State women's soccer team, 1-0, Friday at the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Soccer Classic, hosted by the University of Hawaii.
The Eagles (4-1-1) extended their unbeaten streak to five matches with the win, having not lost since a season-opening defeat to then-No. 9 Florida. The loss for the Vikings (2-4-0), meanwhile, snapped a two-match winning streak for the team.
PSU's defense had been holding off the Eagles' attack before Arnold's goal, even as the Eagles took a 10-0 shot advantage into halftime. PSU goalkeeper Caitlin Plese withstood the Eagles barrage, making three saves in goal for the Vikings.
Plese and defense kept the match close after the goal, too, as they kept the Eagles, who are coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance last season, out of the goal for the rest of the match.
The Vikings play a final match in the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Soccer Classic Sunday, Sept. 15, as they face host Hawaii at 8 p.m. (PT). An all-tournament team will be selected after the match.
Match Notes: Florida Gulf Coast takes a 1-0-0 lead in the all-time series against PSU with its win Friday, as the match was the first ever between the two schools…Friday's match was also the Vikings' first in the state of Hawaii since the team lost 3-1 to Hawaii on Sept. 19, 2004…FGCU's one goal was the lowest goal total a PSU opponent has recorded in beating the Vikings this season…Florida Gulf Coast outshot the Vikings 16-1 in the match…Sophomore midfielder Emma Cooney recorded the Vikings' lone shot in the match in the 90th minute…Freshman defender Kristin Moyer played all 90 minutes of the match, the fourth time in the Vikings' six matches she's played the whole match…Moyer leads the Vikings in minutes played with 501 total minutes this season.