MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The Saint Leo University women’s soccer team (8-2) glided past the St. Thomas University Bobcats (1-7-1), 8-0 Monday afternoon on a soggy Bobcats’ field in Miami Gardens, Fla.
The Lions totaled eight goals in the route, including three goals in the first half and five more in the second half. Saint Leo had two, two-goal performances on the afternoon by freshman Pia Soesemann and sophomore Chrissy Darwell, who also added her third assist of the season. Sophomore stand out Courtney Kassab came off the bench and delivered two assists before finding the net herself. Freshman Jamie Smith also added a goal and an assist in the defeat of the Bobcats. Lizzie Seedhouse and Lui Metallo added to the Lions total, each finding the back of the net for the Lions.
Soesemann opened the scoring in the 14th minute for the SLU, taking a rebound off the shot of Hannah Beard and striking the ball into the back of the net to give the Lions the early advantage. Seedhouse struck on a magnificent header off a corner from Kassab in the 32nd minute. Four minutes later, the duo of Soesemann and Kassab struck. Kassab found the freshmen charging towards the 18-yard box. Soesemann took the ball and sent it through a diving Bobcat for the final goal of the period
The Lions pushed even harder in the second half. Darwell struck the ball pass the Bobcats’ keeper’ on a tremendous feed from Smith on the far right touch line. Darwell struck again at the 47-minute mark. Charging towards the net, she brought down a deflected ball and dribbled it into the center of the 18-yard box, where she blasted a shot past the keeper’ to blow the game wide open.
Less than two minutes after entering the match and a relentless atteck, midfielder Lui Metello gained control of the ball struck it past a leaping keeper for her second goal of the season. The Lions added their seventh goal after a St. Thomas foul. Kassab curled an in-swinging direct free kick off the post and into the upper right corner of the net from 35-yards away. The scoring was capped off by Smith, who received a flick from Darwell over the heads of multiple Bobcat defenders. Smith pulled the ball down near the left post and slotted the ball in just past the goalie.
This is the fourth time this season the women have scored five or more goals.
Lauren Hudson posted her fifth clean sheet of the season, improving to 7-2 on the year.
The Lions outshot the Bobcats 23-3 on the day, 12 of which were on goal. The Lions also managed to deny St. Thomas of any corner kicks.
The Lions return to Sunshine State Conference action Thursday, October 2 against the Eckerd College Tritons. The clash between the two is scheduled to kickoff at 7:00 p.m. at University Field. The match is scheduled to broadcast on the SaintLeoLions Audiocast Network.