Women’s soccer drops first SSC game of the year to #16 Rollins

Women’s soccer drops first SSC game of the year to #16 Rollins

WINTER PARK, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's soccer team dropped their first Sunshine State Conference game of the year at No. 16 Rollins on Wednesday night, 3-1.

The Lions saw Sara Hemmer find the back of the net for the first time in her career. Melillo tallied the assist on Saint Leo's lone goal

Rollins outshot Saint Leo 17-7, while the Lions had the slight edge in corner kicks over the Tars, 7-3.

The Basics
Final Results:  No. 16 Rollins def. Saint Leo 3-1
Where: Barker Family Stadium | Winter Park, Fla.
Record: SLU 6-2-0, 4-1-0 SSC | RC 7-1, 3-0 SSC

How It Happened
| Saint Leo jumped ahead as Sara Hemmer put the ball in the back of the net off a corner kick set piece. Natalie Melillo played the ball in and Hemmer finished it off for the first goal of the night. | SLU 1-0 |
14'| Rollins answered the goal 12 minutes later as Paxton Sickler scored her first goal of the night after Emma Bloom crossed the ball to the back post, finding Sickler to tie the game. | Tied 1-1 |
62'| Sickler tacked on her second goal after a failed clearance attempt. Samantha Collin got the ball and played it to Sickler who put it away. | RC 2-1 |
90'| Samantha Collin put on in right before time expired to finish off the game with the Tars up by two. | RC 3-1 |

Points to Note

  • Saint Leo moves to 6-2-0, 4-1-0 SSC after dropping their first game at No. 16 Rollins.
  • Sara Hemmer scored her first career goal in the opening minutes of the game.
  • Natalie Melillo picked up her seventh assist of the year after assisting Hemmer for the goal.
  • The Lions were awarded seven corners and ripped off seven shots on the night.
  • Keeper Julia Ortiz tallied five saves on eight shots-on-goal and picked up her first loss of the year, sitting at 5-1.

For the Opponent – No. 16 Rollins

  • Rollins improves to 7-1, 3-0 SSC after the victory on their home field.
  • The Tars ripped off 17 shots and tallied three corners on the night.
  • Keeper Kelly Rowswell notched three saves on four shots-on-goal in goal.

Saint Leo returns home to host Valdosta State in a make-up game on Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. at University Soccer Field.

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