BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Saint Leo University women’s soccer team rebounded nicely from last weekend’s double overtime loss as they shutout Lynn University 4-0 in Sunshine State Conference action on Wednesday afternoon.
The win takes Saint Leo to 12-3 overall and 4-2 in the SSC while Lynn falls to 10-4-2 and 3-3-1 in conference.
Sophomore Chrissy Darwell started the Lions scoring as she corralled an errant clearance in the 22nd minute and beat Marie Burn, the LU ‘keeper, to put SLU up 1-0.
10 minutes later, junior scoring machine Hannah Beard scored her 15th goal of 2008 when she nearly posted a carbon-copy goal of what Darwell had done. Beard intercepted a poor clearance from the Fighting Knights and pushed the ball directly toward the end line. Beard would then slot the ball between the left post and a diving LU ‘keeper to put the Lions ahead by two.
The final goal of the half came on some crisp passing in the 36th minute between the Lions’ Francesca Williams and Pia Soesemann. Williams received possession and pushed the ball in the box where she connected with Soesemann on a pass to the right side, Soeseman promptly dropped the ball back to Willams who blasted the Lions’ fourth goal into the net.
Maintaining the clean sheet into the second half, the Lions would get their final goal in the 61st minute from senior defender Lizzie Seedhouse when she used all of her 5’10” frame to redirect a Sara Macko corner-kick into the goal to give Saint Leo the 4-0 final.
Although the Lions’ senior goalkeeper Lauren Hudson managed to post her fifth shutout in six matches, it was not without some serious Lynn opportunities which she turned aside. Hudson posted five saves while Burn only managed two, and surrendered the four goals.
As a team, Saint Leo was outshot 9-to-8 and saw Lynn take eight corners compared to the Lions’ two, but managed to stay atop their game throughout the entire 90 minute session.
Saint Leo will now look toward Flagler College as the Saints host the Lions in St. Augustine this Saturday. Kickoff for the non-conference match is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. and will be carried on the Saint Leo Lions AudioCast network.