STATESBORO, Ga. - Georgia Southern Women's Soccer will enter the 2011 season with a victory in hand after taking an 1-0 exhibition win over North Florida on Friday, August 12th in Statesboro. The Eagles scored early and controlled the run of play through the 83rd minute when lightning in the area hastened the final whistle.

"I think we were able to see a lot of options, putting different players in different positions today," said Head Coach Lindsey Vanderspiegel. "After today's game we see what we need to work on going forward into the final week of training camp and how far we have come from the spring season."

Georgia Southern took an early lead on a seventh-minute goal off the right foot of senior Sara Oland (Evans, Ga.). The Eagle forward pressured the Osprey defense into a bad backpass which was well wide of the UNF goalkeeper. Oland streaked into the box and tapped the ball across the line with no pressure.

Approaching the halftime interval, Georgia Southern had a goal opportunity come for naught on a foul inside the box. A corner kick was played into the area and headed home by Zoe Van Gorder (Park City, Utah). The transfer junior, however, was called for a foul on the play to negate the goal.

The second half was again controlled by the Eagles who stepped up the defense in the second half, allowing just one shot on goal in the match. Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Merson (Albuquerque, N.M.) earned the clean sheet between the pipes while making just one save.

The Eagles open the 2011 regular season on Friday, August 19th on the road against Winthrop. The match in Rock Hill, S.C. starts at 7 p.m.

Fans can follow their Eagles at or receive short updates at, or on Google+ at