MONTEVALLO, Ala. – The Saint Leo women’s soccer team (5-1) edged the Montevallo Falcons (1-3-1) 1-0 in a hard fought double overtime victory Sunday afternoon at Varsity Field.
The Lions were led by Junior Hannah Beard (Liverpool. England), who for the tenth time this season, struck the back of the net in the 107th minute to lead the Lions to the thrilling victory. The Lions also received strong contributions from Chrissy Darwell (Cranston, R.I.) and senior Sara Macko (Valrico, Fla.). Darwell totaled five shots on the afternoon including two on goal. Macko totaled two shots against the Falcons goalie, including a near strike towards the end of the first half. Francesca Williams (Formby, England) had two attempts on goal while Malloree Enoch (Fairview, Ore.) contributed one shot and was responsible for sending the pass over to Beard for the golden goal.
The first half was back and forth, as the Falcons controlled play for the first 25 minutes of play pushing three shots on goal against Lauren Hudson (Odessa, Fla.). The next 20 minutes belonged to the Lions though as the offense began to press play and pepper the Montevallo ‘keeper with six shots, five in the nearing the end of the first half.
Coming out of the locker room scoreless, The Lions picked up right where they left off totaling four shots during the period including two on goal. The Lions defense also buckled down for the remaining forty-five minutes of regulation, holding the Falcons to just two shots. The Falcons and Lions moved to the overtime period for the fourth time in their last five meetings.
Both sides had their opportunities to win in the first overtime but were not successful. Double overtime was witness to a struggle between two fatiguing teams but the Lions emerged with one final push in the final three minutes. Aija Bent-Trinder (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) delivered an on-target pass to a sprinting Enoch, who escaped two defenders. Enoch and a following Beard, sprinted towards the Montevallo goalie near the six yard box. Enoch flipped the ball over to Beard who struck it passed a sprawling Montevallo keeper for the victory.
The Lions outshot the Falcons 14-6 and only allowed two shots during the second half and two overtimes. Hudson picked up her third shutout of the season while moving to 4-1.
Saint Leo have gone 5-1 in the first seventeen days of the season.
The Lions return to the field in a neutral site match in Orlando, Fla. The Lions will play Robert Morris University with kickoff set for 6:00 p.m.