SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University women’s soccer team (11-2) defeated the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish (1-11-2) Wednesday evening at University Field by the score of 8-0 in non-conference action.
Lions’ ‘keeper Lauren Hudson broke her own program record Wednesday by posting her fifth consecutive shutout of the season and her eight overall. She originally set the mark in 2006 when she posted four clean-sheets in a row. She has not allowed a goal in the past 473 minutes, surpassing her previous record of 433 minutes, also set in 2006. Hudson improves to 10-2 overall.
Leading the way on offense for the Lions was Chrissy Darwell. She blasted two goals past the Sailfish ‘keeper for her seventh and eight tallies of the season. Freshman sensation Pia Soesemann took two shots and shook the back of the net with both of them, giving her nine goals for the year. Courtney Kassab played 72 valuable minutes, striking two assists and adding her sixth goal of the season during the first half. While playing suffocating defense, sophomore Kiki Day managed place her name on the scorebook when she delivered the Lions third goal of the game. She also went on to assist on Kassab’s strike later in the match. Lizzie Seedhouse contributed her third goal of the season each of which have been of the header variety. Malloree Enoch made her one shot on goal count by striking the back of the net for her third goal of the year. She added her sixth assist of the season on the previous goal by Darwell.
The first half was completely dominated by the Lions, scoring six goals and seventeen total shots. Chrissy Darwell opened the scoring for the Lions in the third minute when she received a pass from Kassab deep in her own end. She dribbled the ball along the left near touchline and into the six-yard box, scooting the ball passed the goaltenders arm in the net. Seedhouse was the next Lion to strike, heading a corner into the goal in the 11th minute. Minutes later, Day kept the pressure on the Sailfish sending a quality shot passed the keeper to increase the Lions’ lead. Soesemann opened the floodgates for Saint Leo, adding the Lions fourth and sixth goal of the half using precision striking ability to rip the back of the net. In between Soesemann’s strikes, Kassab hammered home a brilliant goal from just outside the top of the 18-yard box. After settling the ball down with her foot, she unleashed a shot that scolded the left corner of the net helping send the Lions into the locker room with the large advantage.
The Sailfish were more aggressive in the second half and conceded only two goals to SLU, while peppering a resilient Hudson with five shots on net. Still, the Lions were not phased and struck just three minutes into the half, as Darwell found the back of the net for the second time of the game. SLU went the following 36 minutes without adding to their total but Enoch changed that in the 84th minute. The forward took control of the ball just inside the 18-yard box and blasted a shot past the goalie for the final Lions’ point of the night.
The Lions outshot the Sailfish 23-8 on the evening, totaling 14 shots on goal compared to the opponents 5.
The Lions now set their eyes to conference rival Florida Southern College. The match is set to begin Sunday, October 19 at 6:00 p.m. from Lakeland, Fla.