Women's soccer completes come back at FIT Wednesday night

Women's soccer completes come back at FIT Wednesday night

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Saint Leo women's soccer's all-time leader in goals and points, Arielle Kabangu, added to her total on Wednesday night at Florida Tech as the Lions won 3-2 in come from behind fashion at Rick Stottler Field. The Lions have won five straight games since dropping their season opener to Mississippi College. 

Arielle Kabangu, who entered the game with 55 career goals and 127 career points, added two goals and four points to her career total to extend her lead in the Saint Leo All-Time records as the points and goals leader in Lion history with a total of 57 goals and 131 points. Kabangu sits five goals ahead of soccer alum Casie Poyssick (2003-06), who had 52 career goals, and eight points ahead of Hannah Beard (2006-09), who had 123 points, in the record books.

Katie Waddell joined Kabangu in the scoring column as she notched the game-tying goal in the 79th minute. It was Waddell's second goal of the season. Natalie Melillo, Selena Jaimes and Rakeisha Sealey all tallied assists on the three Lion goals.

The Basics
Final Results:  Saint Leo def. Florida Tech 3-2
Where: Rick Stottler Field | Melbourne, Fla.
Record: SLU 5-1-0, 3-0-0 SSC | FIT 5-2-0, 1-2-0 SSC

How It Happened
1'
| Twelve seconds into the game, the Panthers' Keira McCarthy put Florida Tech on the board to play from in front early in the contest. | FIT 1-0 |
12'| Elin Svensson put the Panthers up 2-0 early after finding the back of the net from Eva Banton and Ciera Misner. | FIT 2-0 |
21'| Natalie Melillo found Arielle Kabangu for the Lions' first goal of the night to cut the deficit to one goal before halftime. | FIT 2-1 |
79'| Katie Waddell scored the header off a Selena Jaimes free kick to tie the game. | Tied 2-2 |
86'| Kabangu put the Lions on top in the 86th minute after Rakeisha Sealey finds Kabangu who beat the keeper on a one-on-one situation. | SLU 3-2 |

Points to Note

  • Saint Leo moves to 5-1-0, 3-0-0 SSC after defeating Florida Tech in a come from behind game. The Lions, who have won five straight since dropping their season opener to Mississippi College 3-2, have lifted their winning percentage to .833. 
  • The Lions were awarded six corners on the night.
  • Keeper Julia Ortiz picked up her fourth win of the year in the posts as she recorded three saves on five Florida Tech shots-on-goal.
  • Saint Leo tallied 11 total shots with six on frame.
  • The Lions scored three unanswered goals after trailing 2-0 early in the contest.

For the Opponent – Florida Tech

  • Keira McCarthy and Elin Svensson put the Panthers up 2-0 in the first 12 minutes of the game.
  • Keeper Karlyn Prisco tallied three saves on six Lion shots on target on the night.  

UP NEXT
Saint Leo will return home to host Barry at 7 p.m. at University Soccer Field on Saturday, Sept. 24

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