LAKELAND, Fla. – The Saint Leo women’s soccer team (11-3, 3-2 SSC) fell in a double-overtime thriller with SSC rival Florida Southern College (11-3, 5-0 SSC), 2-1 from Barnett Field.
Malloree Enoch led the way for the Lions in an extremely physical game, recording her third goal of the season in the first half. Freshman Pia Soesemann added two shots-on-goal in the loss, while Hannah Beard and Chrissy Darwell delivered a shot-on-goal each of their own.
The Lions played tremendous soccer during the first half, outmaneuvering and out-hustling a very dangerous Moccasins’ squad. The Lions persistence and effort paid-off with the first goal of the night. In the 22nd minute, Beard sprinted down the near right sideline angling into the far right wing of the 18-yard box, where she was pulled down by a Moccasin defender. The play resulted in a penalty kick for the Lions. Enoch was the designated striker for the kick where she laced a shot at the FSC ‘keeper. The kick was blocked but the rebound ricocheted directly back to her, abruptly scooting the ball into the back of the net before a Florida Southern defender could slide tackle her.
The Lions entered interval up 1-0.
Aggressive play continued in the second half from both sides. The momentum shifted though, towards Florida Southern, when a Lions’ defender was called for a handball inside the box, giving the Moccasins a penalty shot. The kick was good, as it just snuck under the crossbar equalizing the match at one apiece.
The two teams remained scoreless the rest of regulation, despite each having the opportunity to take the lead.
In the 108th minute of the second overtime, the Lions and Moccasins battled for possession along the left near touchline. The Moccasins broke away clean from the pressure and began to dribble up the left near sideline. Linda Hoglund sent the ball over to Erin Hopkins in the center of the field just above the 18-yard box, where she laid it off for Princess Hayley. Hayley blasted a tailing shot into the back right corner of the net past the diving hands of the Lions’ senior ‘keeper Lauren Hudson. The golden goal by the Moccasins dropped the Lions two games back of first-place in the SSC.
The Lions were whistled for 23 total fouls compared to just 8 for the Moccasins.
Florida Southern outshot SLU by one, 15-14, but totaled two more shots-on-goal, 8-6.
The Lions continue Sunshine State Conference action Wednesday, October 22 when they travel to Boca Raton, Fla. to battle the Lynn University Fighting Knights. The match is set to begin at 7:00 p.m.