The Lady Bisons battled to a scoreless tie with Stetson in the first half.
Tessa Gavilsky, with a game-high seven shots on goal, broke the tie with what proved to be the game-winning goal at 61:40 of the second half.
“We talked all week about giving ourselves a chance,” said Lady Bisons coach Jon Ireland. “That is what we did.
“We worked a lot on one-vs.-one defending and team defending. We were a lot more organized than we have been.”
Freshman Erin Zerio played a complete game for the Lady Bisons in net, making a season-high 12 saves. The 13 shots on goal tied for the second highest the Lady Bisons have allowed this season.
“It is big learning curve for a lot of these players including her,” said Ireland. We will watch film Saturday; learn from our mistakes and practice to get ready for Sunday.”
Freshman Ally Marler, who has been sharing goalkeeper duties with Zerio this season, started at one of the forward spots. Ireland opened the game with seven freshmen on the field.
“Ally did well,” said Ireland. “We wanted a spark. She is very athletic. She has size and is very aggressive and very strong. We will probably use her there again.”
Offensively, the Lady Bisons struggled for shots. They had only six for the game with Meghan McGuire credited with two.
“We had some quality chances, especially in the first couple of minutes of the game when we had an open goal and missed it,” said Ireland.
Stetson had 24 shots, the second highest number allowed by the Lady Bisons this season.
“Shots can sometimes be misleading,” said Ireland. “Stetson had some good opportunities, don’t get me wrong. But you can shoot from far out and it counts as a shot.
“We want to make sure we limit shots, but most importantly we want to limit the quality of shots. They had 13 shots on goal which is still a lot. That is something we have to do better.”
The Lady Bisons, 3-12-0, 1-6-0 in the conference, are back at home Sunday afternoon at noon when Florida Gulf Coast, 8-5-3, 3-2-2 in the A-Sun, visits. Florida Gulf Coast lost 2-0 at Belmont Friday night.
Stetson is 8-6-1, 4-2-1 in the A-Sun.
“Florida Gulf Coast is one of the more talented teams in the conference,” said Ireland. “They are a very good possession team. They are very well-coached. It will be another tremendous challenge for us.”