JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The University of North Florida Women's Soccer team used four second-half goals, including two from sophomore forward Lauren Hopfensperger, to earn a 5-0 victory over Coastal Carolina Sunday afternoon at Hodges Stadium.
The Chanticleers held North Florida in check for most of the opening period, the only exception being a perfectly placed header from freshman forward Lauren Irurzun in the 24th minute that put the Ospreys up 1-0.
After the break, however, the floodgates opened for UNF. Hopfensberger scored her first goal just 53 seconds into the second half, exchanging quick passes with sophomore forward Thea Linkfield before beating Coastal Carolina goalkeeper Saundra Baron up high to double the Ospreys' lead.
Hopfensberger added to her tally almost immediately, scoring again in the 49th minute when a cross from sophomore midfielder Keara Murphy was mis-handled in the box by the defense. The ball fell to Hopfensberger who easily put the chance away to give UNF a 3-0 lead.
“Coming out after halftime, we just wanted to try and put the game away early,” Head Coach Linda Hamilton said. “So we were definitely glad to see that right out of the break.”
In the 66th minute, junior forward Michele Larrinaga added to the Ospreys' total when she collected a pass from sophomore forward Carolina Lencina around the penalty spot and buried a shot into the bottom right corner of the net.
Junior defender Kathryne Husted capped the scoring in the 80th minute when senior midfielder Denisse Soltero slotted her a perfect through ball on a two-on-one breakaway that Husted easily finished into the upper-right corner of the goal. It was the first goal of Husted's career.
“It was very exciting to see the team score multiple types of goals as the game went on,” Hamilton said. “We'd definitely like to keep that sort of play going.”
Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Dorsey also had a stellar day for UNF, recording five saves, including two on shots from point-blank range, on the way to her second consecutive shutout.
Rylie Johnson led the way for the Chanticleers, tallying two shots, both of which drew saves from Dorsey.
The five goals are the most the Ospreys have scored in a match since their 5-0 victory over South Carolina State on September 17, 2006.
The Ospreys improved to 1-0-1 on the young season, while Coastal Carolina fell to 0-2.
In the day's opening game, Charlotte defeated Jacksonville 2-1.