SAINT LEO, Fla. – The fifth-ranked Saint Leo University women's soccer team dropped their first contest of the season, falling to NAIA No. 1 Lindsey Wilson College by a final score of 2-1 at University Field, Tuesday evening.
Saint Leo accepts their first defeat of the season, and moves to a mark of 11-1-1, while the Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders advance to a record of 10-0-1.
Dari Alcantara put the Green and Gold on the scoreboard with an unassisted blast from the right sideline, ripping a bending shot past Lindsey Wilson goalkeeper Jordan Morrison in the 56th minute to hand the Lions a 1-0 advantage.
But the Blue Raiders answered back in the 70th and 78th minutes, taking advantage of brief breaks in coverage on the Lions' back line.
Mia Persson knotted the score at one apiece, finding a misplayed ball from the Lions defense for a lofty shot that flew out of the reach of SLU keeper Laura Carstens. Persson connected to Ida Gregersen on the run eight minutes later, giving Gergersen the chance to notch the game-winner with a running strike into the bottom right corner of the goal.
After a scoreless opening period that saw three shots apiece from both teams, and one save by both goalkeepers, the Lions entered into the second stanza with increased intensity. Saint Leo out-shot their top-ranked NAIA opponent 13-3 in the final 45 minutes, but thanks to four saves from Morrison the Green and Gold was unable to capitalize on their offensive opportunities.
Overall, the Lions led the shot count 16-6, held the advantage in corner kicks, 8-4, and committed less fouls, posting five to the Blue Raiders' nine. Carstens collected one save on the evening as she faced six shots and three strikes on target.
The Lions return to action on Sunday, October 16, when they travel to Thomasville, Ga. to take on Thomas University. Kickoff against the Nighthawks is set for 1 p.m. For the latest news, updates, and information on the women's soccer team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.