MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The Saint Leo women’s soccer team (6-2-1, 3-2 SSC) secured a 1-0 Sunshine State Conference victory over the Barry University Buccaneers (3-10, 1-4 SSC), Tuesday evening from Buccaneer Field.
Sara Macko’s ninth-minute goala proved to be the difference in the in the conference victory. While a strong defensive backing led by Francesca Williams and goalkeeper Cristina Coca helped preserve the one goal, shutout victory. The shutout was the second clean sheet of the season for the Green & Gold.
The Lions’ offense came out aggressive from the opening possession. The squad made it difficult on the Bucs’ ‘keeper the first 45 minutes blasting nine shots, six of which were on goal. Macko made one of the opening attempts count as she bottled up a rebound attempt from a deflected shot by Andrea Lott and blasted it past the outstretched arms of the goalkeeper for her sixth goal of the season. The goal proved to be the eventual game-winner as the Lions began to ride the back of Williams and the defense.
The Lions defensive backfield kept the Buccaneers offense in check for the majority of the first half, limiting offensive possessions and allowing only one shot-on-goal as the squad headed into the locker room.
Out of the break, the SLU offense continued to put pressure on the Barry defense gathering seven more shots-on-goal. Unfortunately, the squad could not get anything else past the Barry ‘keeper as the game remained a one goal difference. However, the Green & Gold continued to play outstanding defense allowing only four shots for the entire period, keeping the shutout and win intact. The victory marks the second one-goal win of the 2009 campaign
On the evening, the Lions outshot the Buccaneers 16-5 and held a decisive 13-2 edge in corner kicks.
Coca (3-2-1) secured the win while making three saves.
The Lions return home for the final time during the regular season on Saturday, October 17 as they take on the Florida Southern College Moccasins. Kickoff for the SSC tilt is set for 7:00 p.m. The contest also marks senior day for the Lions’ three seniors.