St. Petersburg, Fla. (September 25, 2007) – The Saint Leo University women’s soccer team (7-2, 3-1 SSC) won its fourth straight match with a 4-0 victory at Eckerd College (0-8, 0-2 SSC) on Tuesday evening at North Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Lions have now won three in a row against Sunshine State Conference opponents after opening their SSC schedule with a loss at Nova Southeastern.
Saint Leo sophomore midfielder Sara Macko (Valrico, Fla.) scored a goal and added an assist to lead the Lions to the win. SLU junior midfielder Evelina Viiri (Heby, Sweden) also notched a pair of assists in the game.
The Lions took the lead in the match through a perfectly executed counter-attack in the 30th minute. A clearance from an Eckerd corner kick fell for Hannah Beard (So., Liverpool, England) and she carried from midway inside the Lions’ half to the Triton penalty area. Beard then played the ball across the face of goal where Kristen Preseault (So., Bradenton, Fla. smashed it beyond goalkeeper Cory Hawkins for her first career goal and a 1-0 Saint Leo Lead.
SLU doubled the advantage in the 42nd minute when a corner kick from Viiri was turned in at the near post by defender Lui Metallo (Jr., Tampa, Fla.). The goal marked Metallo’s first career strike, as she made her first start of the 2007 season.
Saint Leo added to its lead after the half-time break, as the Lions scored a pair of goals in a one-minute span of the second half. The first came from a Macko corner kick in the 65th minute. Dari Alcantara (Fr., Tampa, Fla.) tapped in the perfectly played cross on the goal line for her second goal of the season.
Macko then turned goalscorer just seconds later, as Viiri played a perfect cross from a free kick on the left/ Macko flicked it on and into the back of the net to finish the scoring and wrap up the three points for the victory.
Saint Leo will travel to Georgia this weekend for a pair of non-conference matches. The Lions will face Thomas University on Friday at 2:00 p.m. and then face Georgia Southwestern State on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.