The Nova Southeastern women’s soccer team’s 2015 season came to an end in the first round of the NCAA tournament, as it fell 1-0 to West Florida at the South Regional held at Barry’s Buccaneer Field.
The Sharks (12-4-2) fell prey to one successful shot when Daryl Bell came through at 15:47 for UWF (15-4-1). The Argos held on to that advantage over the remainder of the first half, and their defense tightened up, only allowing one Shark shot after intermission.
Sierra Lelii had four of the team’s six total attempts as one of 12 Sharks ending their career at NSU. Sabrina Magnoand Emily Stearns had the other two.
Amanda Kopale, also finishing up her Sharks career, had four saves against a total of 14 shots.
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▪ Barry 96, Florida Memorial 56: Barry senior preseason second team All-American Yunio Barrueta had 26 points and 13 rebounds on 8-of-13 shooting to lead the Buccaneers (1-0) in their opener.
He became the seventh player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Marko Tomic had 15 points and five rebounds, Adrian Gonzalez had 12 points, and Undra Mitchem contributed 10 points and five rebounds.
The Buccaneers, who play at defending national champion Florida Southern on Wednesday, shot 47 percent.
The Lions (2-1) shot 28.6 percent.
▪ Nova Southeastern 102, North Alabama 61: The host Sharks (1-0) dominated the Lions in their season opener in the NSU Tipoff Classic.
The Sharks started the game and season off strong, coming out of the gates with an 11-1 run and holding a 29-point halftime lead at 57-28.
In her first game back for the Sharks after a redshirt season, Taylor Buie scored 18 of her 25 points in the first two quarters, just one off of her career high. In 25 minutes on the floor, she was 10 of 12 from the field and 4 of 6 from three-point range.
▪ Lee 75, Barry 50: In the other NSU Tipoff Classic game, the Buccaneers lost to the Flames, who used a 25-9 third-quarter run to seal the victory.
Amra Elezovic led the Bucs with 17 points, and Jackie Perez had 11 points with six assists and two steals. She also made a team-leading three three-pointers, putting her one behind the all-time Barry record.
▪ Southeastern 3, St. Thomas 2: The No. 2 seed Bobcats (23-10) lost to the No. 4 seed Fire 25-23, 20-25, 25-20, 23-25, 15-13 in The Sun Conference Tournament semifinals in Lake Wales. The Bobcats were led offensively by Lenicia Tyson and Cheye-Anne Savage’s 18 kills and 14 kills, respectively.
▪ Barry 3, Embry-Riddle 2: The Buccaneers (13-10 beat the Eagles 23-25, 25-22, 25-15, 25-15 in Daytona Beach. Kaitlin Drake had a season-high 23 kills and four blocks, Ivana Didanovic had 18 kills and six blocks, and Katie Dooley 12 kills and four blocks. Jasmine Serna had a career-high 63 assists and 15 digs.
▪ Eckerd 3, Nova Southeastern 1: The Tritons (14-13, 5-9 Sunshine State Conference) dropped the host Sharks (18-11, 8-6) 26-24, 25-11, 22-25, 25-22.