The Saint Leo women's soccer team started their season off with a statement as the Lions trounced visiting Webber International 10-2 on Sunday afternoon.
The Lions jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, but defensive miscues by a revamped Saint Leo back line allowed Webber to knot the score on goals scored just a minute apart. The end of the first half and all of the second saw Saint Leo score eight unanswered goals in an offensive show of strength.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
It didn't take Saint Leo long to spin the scoreboard in the new year as the Lions scored just 1:32 into the contest when Maria Siegrist-Gabas caught a Fabienne Schwenk cross and deposited into the back of the net.
The second tally for the Lions came when a Webber turnover in the box was intercepted by a Lion forward who was promptly pulled down. The resulting penalty kick was slotted home by Siegrist-Gabas.
Sloppy clearing efforts from the Saint Leo defenders saw Webber pick up its two goals at 6:33 and 7:32 as the visiting Warriors capitalized on both of the gifted goals.
The remainder of the game was largely dominated by Saint Leo as Webber only totaled four more shots for the remainder with just one finding its way toward goal resulting in an easy save by Lions' keeper Abby Evans.
Siegrist-Gabas, Kabangu and Marran tallied two goals apiece in the scoring barrage
A physical game saw six cards issued between the teams with one red card (double yellow) being shown to a Webber player.
Schwenk scored a goal, but her contributions were felt from her crisp passes into the box as she racked up three assists.
Katie Furtado came off the bench to score a goal and add two assists
Kabangu's goals were a given, considering she blasted a game-high seven shots toward goal in the game.
Kabangu's seven shots were just one fewer that the entire Webber team, who recorded eight in total.
In goal for the Lions for the full 90 minutes, Abby Evans faced five shots and posted three saves.
Webber held the advantage in saves a 4-3.
The Lions outshot the visitors from Babson Park, 30-8
Saint Leo held the advantage in corner kicks at 12-3
BEYOND THE BOX:
The 10-2 final score marks the first time the Lions reached double-digits in scoring since August 25, 2009 when Saint Leo bested Clearwater Christian 13-0.
Today's game also marks the first time there have been a combined 12 goals scored since that 2009 game against Clearwater.
Today marked the start of the seventh season under the leadership of Head Coach Ged O'Connor. He has taken the Lions to a Sunshine State Conference Regular Season (2011) and Tournament (2008) Championship.
Just five starters from today's lineup played in last year's final game versus Tampa, evidence of an overhauled starting lineup.
The Lions' 10 goals scored today bested the entire team total from last season when Saint Leo touched the back of the net just nine times.
Saint Leo's 10-2 victory over Webber was a small measure of revenge against the Warriors after Webber handed Saint Leo a 3-1 setback on September 3, 2012.
After starting the season at home, the Lions will take to the road for the next five contests beginning with a trip to St. Augustine, Fla. on Friday the 13th to face Flager. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
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