Falcons Finish First Weekend on a High Note

Naomi Gurrola finished with 3 goals and 2 assists on the weekend in Falcons 2 road victories.
Naomi Gurrola finished with 3 goals and 2 assists on the weekend in Falcons 2 road victories.

Daytona Beach, FL (dscfalcons.com): The Daytona State Falcons had a successful opening weekend to regular season as they picked up two victories. The Falcons traveled to Lancaster, South Carolina to take on USC Lancaster for their first game of the season and played their second match on Sunday versus Georgia Military College out of Milledgeville, GA.  

The Falcons played a demanding preseason schedule taking on opponents from within the NCAA and the NAIA, facing University of North Florida (NCAA Division I), Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (NCAA Division II), Middle Georgia College (NAIA) and Southeastern University (NAIA).  "I wanted to play a preseason schedule that would prepare us for the challenges of the regular season.  I am a firm believer that it is important to play opponents that are going to expose us so that we can know what areas we need to emphasize in our development.  Our team faced a great deal of adversity in preseason physically, emotionally and mentally.  However, I now have a better idea of the character of our team and players and that is the ultimate goal of our first few weeks together" stated Coach Jones.   

The road trip to South Carolina and Georgia marked the first time the Falcons took on NJCAA opponents and the Falcons continued their winnings ways. On Friday, August 25th the Falcons took on USC Lancaster Heather Nulty (Winter Springs, FL / Orlando City Youth) and Michaella Krebser (Bradenton, FL / IMG Academy) lead the team in scoring and continued their form from last year.  Krebster opened the scoring within 3 minutes off of a well-timed pass from Megan Warner (Watford, England / Watford FC).  Nulty capped off the scoring when Naomi Gurrola (Broomfield, CO / Broomfield United) served a perfectly weighted ball to the back post.  

Aside from Nulty and KrebsterAlexis Vazquez (Orlando, FL / Florida Kraze Krush) and Kaila Armstrong (Broomfield, CO / Colorado Storm) were very influential in the game from their midfield position.  Both players were able to create multiple opportunities for themselves and their teammates.  

The falcons defeated Georgia Military 4-0 on Sunday, August 27th.  The game was scoreless until a nice central combination found Nulty with space at the top of the box.  She was able to place her shot in the lower corner leaving the goalkeeper with no chance at making a save.  Nulty would score 12 minutes later off of a cross from Gurrola to the back post extending her team lead in goals to 5 on the season.  The Falcons would score again right before half time as Gurrola was slipped a perfect pass Warner to afford her a 1 on 1 with the goalkeeper.  Gurrola would score again after half time on a cross from Cheyenne Beck. (Panama City, FL / Rutherford High School)   

"At training we have been focusing on learning to play as an entire unit and look for the best ways to support one another.  This weekend the team was able to display the impacts of their efforts as they moved the ball fluidly and unselfishly.   The game against Georgia Military was an excellent display and a real joy for my staff and I to watch.  I am proud to see the team's hard work payoff" said Coach Jones.  

The Falcons dominated the game in possession and created numerous opportunities over the course of the game.  "I am proud of the way the girls performed this weekend.  These two games will serve as a platform for us to go into next weekend to face two ranked opponents" said Coach Jones.  The Falcons will travel to Melbourne, FL this weekend to face Johnson County Community College (KS) and Southwest Illinois.  Johnson County was ranked #12 nationally in the NJCAA preseason poll.  The Falcons begin preseason ranked #11 nationally.  The Falcons play Johnson County at 1:30pm on Friday 9/1/2017.