ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Pia Soesemann tallied a hat trick in the Saint Leo women's soccer season opener, lifting the Lions to a 6-1 victory over Catawba College on Thursday evening at Saints Field as part of the Flagler Kick-Off Classic. The win opens the Lions' 2011 campaign with a record of 1-0, while the Catawba Indians drop to 0-1 on the young season.
Joining Soesemann on the scoreboard were Dari Alcantara, Andrea Lott, and Stephanie Marran, with one goal apiece. Cassie Barbaresi led the assist board with three, while Ari Foreman and Francesca Williams earned one each, helping the Lions to a six goal, five assist performance in their first game out.
Kelcee Mai set aside two shots in 60 minutes of action, allowing only one goal. Jessica Griffith saw time between the posts, as well, earning two saves in the first collegiate game of her career. For the Indians, Lindsay Webster made 10 saves on the evening with the team tacking on a save of their own for 11 altogether.
Alcantara put the Green and Gold on the scoreboard in the 15th minute off of an unassisted breakaway shot from 22 yards out. Catawba answered back 11 minutes later with an unassisted shot from Erinn Wescoat after a misplaced header off of a defender.
Soesemann ignited a five-goal Saint Leo streak 10 minutes later to close-out the contest, sending a well-placed shot off of a Barbaresi assist into the front-right corner of the goal. Lott followed with the second goal of her collegiate career shortly after to close out the first half with the Lions holding a 3-1 advantage.
Soessmann opened up the second half with a vengeance, netting two quick goals just minutes into the second stanza. Marran found the back of the net in the 67th minute to close out the scoring action for the day, sending a header past the Catawba defense off of a free kick from Barbaresi.
Saint Leo ripped 28 shots, 17 of which were on frame, peppering the Catawba defense throughout the entire contest. A stalwart Lion defense held the Indians to seven shots, with five on target. The Green and gold also led the count on corner kicks 6-4, and played a fair game with only eight fouls in comparison to Catawba's 12.
The Saint Leo women's soccer squad returns to action on Sunday, September 4, when they take on West Georgia in their home opener. The Lions kick off against the Wolves at 3:00 p.m. at University Field. For the latest news, information, and updates on the women's soccer team, visit saintleolions.com.