Barbaresi Hat-Trick Gives Lions Upper-Hand in 4-1 Victory over Lynn
SAINT LEO, Fla. – Cassie Barbaresi scored the Lions' first three goals of the contest, giving the Saint Leo University women's soccer team the advantage over Lynn University as they defeated the Fighting Knights 4-1 in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon in Boca Raton.
Saint Leo stays perfect on the season and advances their mark to 6-0, and hand the Fighting Knights their first loss of the season, dropping their record to 4-1-1.
Lynn scored their lone goal early in the contest, thanks to a free kick that was headed into the box for a swift shot between the posts by LU's Melissa Ortiz. Lynn's Lauren Handley and Paige Meggison earned assists on the lone goal that came in the 13th minute of play.
Finding themselves down 1-0 early in the game made the Lions turn up the intensity. With an attacking onslaught from the midfield and forward lines, the Lions earned an opportunity for a cross into the box which was swiftly deflected to the top of the box to the feet of Barbaresi who fired a solid shot to the bottom left to knot the score at 1-1 in the 31st minute.
The first half closed out with the score still tied at one, but the Lions used the break to their advantage and came out with a new game plan. After 12 minutes of scoreless action to open the second stanza, Barbaresi was able to catch Lynn keeper Kelsey Butler off guard with a long shot from 30 yards out to put the Lions up 2-1 in the 58th minute.
Just two minutes later, Barbaresi fired another long shot between the posts to give Saint Leo a 3-1 advantage in the 60th minute.
Ashely Acco sealed the deal with a goal of her own in the 79th minute of play thanks to a give and go inside the box with Dari Alcantara. With a 4-1 lead and just over ten minutes to play, the Lions held the Fighting Knights at bay.
In cage for the Lions, Laura Carstens made five clutch saves on the afternoon to keep Lynn off of the scoreboard. Butler finished time in front of the net for Lynn with three saves while allowing three goals, with reserve keeper Meghan Dolan closing out the contest allowing one goal and not setting aside any shots.
The Lions return to action on Wednesday, September 21, when they open up Sunshine State Conference action at home against Florida Tech. Kickoff against the Panthers is set for 7 p.m. at University Field. For the latest news, updates, and information on the Saint Leo women's soccer team, visit the home of the Pride on the web at SaintLeoLions.com.