Women’s Soccer draws a tie with Tampa Wednesday

Women’s Soccer draws a tie with Tampa Wednesday

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Despite drawing a tie with Tampa at home Wednesday night, Saint Leo's women's soccer team saw Cassidy Place score her first career goal in the sixth minute of the game. The Lions and Spartans tied 1-1 at University Soccer Field after 110:00 minutes of action.

Place, a 5-10 redshirt sophomore from Land O'Lakes, Fla., watched a ball come in from the corner as she jumped and headed it past the Spartans' keeper for the first goal of the game. Natalie Melillo took the corner and placed the ball into the middle of the box, finding Place. Melillo picked up her eighth assist of the night and moved into second on the team in total point on the year with 16.

The Lions were outshot 17-10 and had two fewer corners on the night where they committed one more foul that the Spartans, 6-5. Both goals scored Wednesday night were off of corner set pieces.

In the overtime periods, Tampa ripped off six total shots to Saint Leo's four. The Spartans had four shots in the first overtime period with two in the second. The Lions tallied two shots in each period of extra time.

The Basics
Final Results:  Saint Leo and Tampa tied 1-1
Where: University Soccer Field | Saint Leo, Fla.
Record: SLU 8-3-1, 4-1-1 SSC | UT 5-7-2, 3-3-2 SSC

How It Happened
Natalie Melillo whipped a corner in finding Cassidy Place's head for the go-ahead goal to put the Lions up 1-0. | SLU 1-0 |
88'| Alexa Sheridan took a corner kick and found the head of Miranda Gonzalez who finished it off into the goal just off the hand of Saint Leo keeper Megan Charlton.

Points to Note

  • Saint Leo falls to 8-3-1, 4-1-1 SSC after the 1-1 draw with Tampa.
  • Playing ahead for the second time this season, the Lions saw Cassidy Place score her first career goal in the sixth minute.
  • Natalie Melillo notched her eighth assist of the year and has accumulated 16 total points on the year, second on the team.
  • Keeper Megan Charlton played all 110:00 in goal and moves to 3-2-1 on the year between the posts. Charlton had seven saves on the night on eight Tampa shots on goal.  

For the Opponent – Tampa

  • Tampa moves to 5-7-2, 3-3-2 SSC after the 1-1 tie at Saint Leo.
  • Miranda Gonzalez headed in the lone Spartan goal of the night off a Alexa Sheridan corner kick with two minutes to play in regulation.
  • Keeper Caroline Frykgard recorded three saves on four Saint Leo shots on goal in the full 110:00 minutes.  

Saint Leo will travel to Lakeland, Fla. on Saturday, Oct. 22 for a 7 p.m. kick against Florida Southern.

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