Saint Leo, Fla. (October 13, 2007) – The No. 20 Saint Leo University women’s soccer team (12-2, 5-1 SSC) came back from a 1-0 half-time deficit to defeat visiting Lynn University (7-7, 2-4 SSC) by a score of 3-1 on Saturday evening in a Sunshine State Conference match. The Lions stretched their winning streak to nine matches with the victory and moved to first-place in the SSC standings with 15 points from six matches.
Saint Leo got second half goals from Stacey Rodwell (Fr., Southport, England), Dari Alcantara (Fr., Tampa, Fla.) and Bridgett Godwin (Jr., Ocean Springs, Miss.) to cancel out Molly Anderson’s first half goal for the visitors.
Lynn opened the scoring in the 12th minute when a one-two down the right wing allowed Sarah Mendelsberg to send a cross into the area. Anderson met the pass with a perfect header and provided the breakthrough goal for the Fighting Knights.
The Lions emerged from the half-time locker room with an urgency that helped the find the equalizer in the 58th minute. Godwin’s cross was met by Rodwell whose looping header went beyond the reach of Lynn goalkeeper Jennifer Shropshire to bring the teams level at 1-1.
Saint Leo continued to attack and in the 70th minute, a corner kick from Sara Macko (So., Valrico, Fla.) was headed home by Alcantara who rose above the defenders in the Lynn penalty area and scored her sixth goal of the season. The go eventually proved to be the game-winner.
The Lions added a third goal in the 84th minute when midfielder Evelina Viiri (Jr., Heby, Sweden) split the defense with a through ball. Godwin latched onto the pass and slotted beyond Shropshire to provide the final margin.
Saint Leo will face the fourth-ranked University of Tampa Spartans on Wednesday night in Tampa, Fla. at 7:00 p.m. The match will feature two of the top teams in the SSC and will be broadcast live on the Internet on the Saint Leo Athletics Audiocast Network. Visit SaintLeoLions.com for “Listen Live” links.