THOMASVILLE, Ga. - The fifth-ranked Saint Leo University women's soccer team took to the road Sunday, traveling to Thomasville, Ga. to take on the Thomas University Nighthawks in non-conference action. Saint Leo made wasy work of their opponent, defeating Thomas 4-1.
The Lions advance to a mark of 12-1-1 overall, while the Nighthawks drop to 7-6-1 on the season.
Saint Leo held a 2-0 advantage after the first period, thanks to two quick goals mid-way through the stanza. Ari Foreman tallied the first goal of the afternoon off of a dual-assist from Aija Bent-Trinder and Dari Alcantara in the 22nd minute to put the Lions up 1-0. Two minutes later, Alcantara netted the game-winner, thanks to an assist from Foreman at the 23:36 mark.
The Nighthawks turned up the intensity in the beginning of the second half, but Laura Carstens kept Thomas off of the scoreboard, setting aside shots when it counted most.
Cassie Barbaresi extended the Lions' advantage to three with a lofty shot from long range, catching the Thomas defens off guard and ripping a hard strike from over 35 yards out that floated over TU goalkeeper Deanna Rivet and into the bottom left corner in the 53rd minute.
Thomas was finally able to capitalize on an offensive opportunity late in the contest, finding the back of the net in the 80th minute thanks Kayla Labbe who connected a pass to Jodi Wright for a hard shot past Carstens, who was caught away from the net.
The Lions extended their lead by three once more, placing a ball between the posts with a little over a minute to go in regulation. Pia Soesemann crossed the ball from the far right over to Lise Nisja on the opposite side of the box. Nisja was able to collect and pop the ball over to Stephanie Marran, who fired a hard shot into the bottom right of the frame to secure the Lions' 4-1 victory.
Saint Leo dictated the pace of the game from the onset, leading in shots, 21-7, shots on frame 14-3, and corner kicks, 5-1. Carstens collected two saves on the afternoon, while her counterpart, Rivet, made 10 saves on the day.
The Saint Leo women's soccer team returns to action on Wednesday, Octobere 19, when they host Florida Southern on Senior Night at University Field. Kickoff against the Moccasins is slated for 7 p.m. For the latest news, updates, and information on the nationally-ranked Lions, visit SaintLeoLions.com.