Saint Leo, Fla. (August 27, 2006) – The Saint Leo University women's soccer team (2-0) overcame a weather delay for the second consecutive match and defeated Thomas University (1-1) by a score of 5-0 on Sunday afternoon at University Field.
Junior midfielder Jennifer O'Connor (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) came off the bench to score a pair of goals and also added an assist, while sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Hudson (Odessa, Fla.) earned her second consecutive shutout with three saves in the match.
After a slow start by both sides, Saint Leo forward Casie Poyssick (Land O'Lakes, Fla.) opened the scoring in the 24th minute. The senior striker ran on to a perfect long ball from Hudson then rounded the Thomas goalkeeper before slotting home her first goal of the season and her program-best 49th goal of her career.
O'Connor then took center stage, as she scored both of her goals in a two-minute span to give the Lions a 3-0 lead, which they took into the half-time locker room.
O'Connor's first strike was the result of good teamwork, as she and freshman Sara Macko (Brandon, Fla.) worked a one-two before she smashed it home from close range. The junior's second strike was the result of an SLU flurry in front of goal, which included one effort being cleared off the line and a second rebounding off the upright. O'Connor stepped forward on the second rebound and unleashed a 25-yard drive that found the back of the net for a three-goal SLU lead.
Following the half-time interval, freshman Jessica Lebohner (Seminole, Fla.) scored her first career goal, as she slotted home from a through ball by Ginger Davenport (Jr., Bradenton, Fla.).
After a delay for severe weather, O'Connor turned provider for the final goal of the afternoon, playing a neat through ball into the path of sophomore Bridget Godwin (Ocean Springs, Miss.). Godwin made no mistake with her shot, as she blasted it beyond the Thomas ‘keeper for the final goal of the game in the 87th minute.
The Lions will return to action on Tuesday evening, as they will host Northwood University in a non-conference encounter. Kick-off for the match is slated for 5:00 p.m. at University Field.