THOMASVILLE, Ga. – After being shut out in Friday night’s loss to West Florida it took the Saint Leo University women’s soccer team just 10 minutes to get on the board in a 7-1 victory over Thomas University on Sunday afternoon.
Junior forward Hannah Beard (Liverpool, Eng.) started the scoring in the 10th minute for No. 15 Saint Leo (2-1) and it continued throughout the first half as the Lions pocketed five goals and had put the game to bed in the first half, heading into the break up 5-0.
The second half saw Saint Leo add two more goals to their total while only allowing Thomas to get on the board once, but it was that lone Night Hawk goal that left Lion fans shaking their heads.
Some sloppy passing between the Lions’ back four defenders saw Thomas (1-3) forward Aida Vojnikovic intercept an errant pass and head straight toward goal, one-on-one with Saint Leo ‘keeper Lauren Hudson (Odessa, Fla.). Hudson would come sprinting out of goal into the penalty area where she dove to displace Vojnikovic of the ball. Her outstretched arm nicked the ball off target but both players collided and went down inside the box. With both competitors on the ground, the head referee ran in and immediately issued a red card to Hudson for obstruction, dismissing her from the game for the remaining 27 minutes and forcing SLU to play down a player for the duration.
After freshman Kelcee Mai replaced Hudson, who will also be ineligible for the Webber match, Thomas converted the penalty kick to thwart the Lions’ efforts at a clean sheet but they still earned the victory.
Beard finished the game with two goals and an assists while five other Lions added single goals to the total. Junior Sara Macko (Valrico, Fla.) earned two assists as well.
The Lions, without Hudson, will return home on Wednesday, September 10 as they face Webber International University. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.