SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo seniors Dari Alcantara and Aija Bent-Trinder made their senior day count in a big way, getting the game-winning goal on the scoreboard as the seventh-ranked Saint Leo University women's soccer team defeated their fifth Sunshine State Conference opponent, handing Florida Southern a 1-0 loss on Wednesday evening at University Field.
The Lions close out their regular season home slate and advance their mark to 13-1-1 while they stay unbeaten in SSC action with a record of 5-0-1. The Moccasins make the short trip back to Lakeland, Fla. with a record of 7-6-1, and 2-4-1 in conference play.
Eight outstanding student-athletes were celebrated on senior night at University Field. Alcantara, Bent-Trinder, Cassie Barbaresi, Jasmine Johnson, Kelcee Mai, Pia Soesemann, Jaime Smith, and Francesca Williams were honored for their outstanding dedication, passion, and commitment to the women's soccer program and for helping the Lions rise to national prominence over the last few seasons.
The first half started out with both teams pressuring the ball equally, but as the minutes ticked on the Lions found themselves starting to dictate the pace of the game. Bent-Trinder connected a through ball to the top of the box in the 32nd minute, setting up Alcantara who turned and ripped a strong shot into the bottom right corner of the goal with 31:37 on the clock.
The Lions hunkered down for the remainder of the contest, turning up the heat on the forward line when the opportunities arose, but playing smart on defense to keep the Moccasins off of the scoreboard.
A back line combination of Williams, Johnson, Sherrie Gessin, Bent-Trinder, and Alcantara helped limit Florida Southern to 10 shots, and only four shots on target. Freshman goalkeeper Laura Carstens set aside all four shots on frame, and collected her fifth shutout of the season.
Her adversary on the opposite end of the pitch, Martina Tangen Billing, made three saves on the evening while facing 11 shots from the potent Lions offense.
The Green and Gold led the shot count 11-10. Florida Southern held the advantage in corner kicks 10-6, but could not capitalize on their attempts from the flag.
The Lions return to action on Saturday, October 22, when they travel south to Miami Shores, Fla. to take on Barry University in conference action. Kickoff against the Buccaneers is slated for 7 p.m. For the latest news, updates, and information on the Saint Leo women's soccer team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.