SAINT LEO, Fla. – The No. 7 nationally ranked Saint Leo women's soccer team, who drew No. 2 in the South Region of the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Tournament, will be hosting a first round game and a second round game this weekend, Nov. 11 and 13 at University Soccer Field.
Joining the Lions in Saint Leo will be No. 3-seeded Nova Southeastern and No. 6-seeded West Florida. The Sharks and Argonauts will faceoff on Friday, Nov. 11 at 2:00 p.m. in the first round where the winner advances to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and will face South Region 2 host, Saint Leo. The winner of the No. 3 vs. No. 6 matchup will take on Saint Leo on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1:00 p.m.
Links… Nova Southeastern vs West Florida – Stats | Video
Saint Leo vs winner NSU/UWF - Stats | Video
National Rank / Seed / Overall recorded / Conference … Saint Leo / #7 / No. 2 seed / 13-3-1 / SSC
Nova Southeastern / #19 / No. 3 seed / 13-3-3 / SSC
West Florida / #16 / No. 6 seed / 16-4 / GSC
South Regional at Saint Leo
Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. -- #3 Nova Southeastern (12-3-3) vs #6 West Florida (16-4)
Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. -- #3/6 winner vs #2 Saint Leo (13-3-1)
On the Year... On the year, Saint Leo is led offensively by Arielle Kabangu who has 36 points this season with 16 goals and four assists. Kabangu, the Lions' All-Time leader in both goals (65) and points (151), is currently the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Active Career leader in goals with 65. She sits nine goals ahead of second place Marti Corby of Grand Valley State (56). Kabangu ranks in the top-20 in four categories in the NCAA rankings this season; ninth in goals per game (0.94), 11th in points per game (2.12), 14th in total goals (16) and 20th in total points (36).
Just behind Kabangu on the point's total list, this season is Natalie Melillo, who has recorded 19 points on five goals and nine assists, one assist ahead of Katie Waddell. Waddell is third on the team in points this year with 18 on five goals and eight assists.
Genevieve Gignac rounds out the double-digit point totals on the team with six goals and two assists for 14 points this year.
With her nine assists on the year, Melillo ranks 23rd in all of Division II where Waddell's eight assists lands her 37th in the country. Melillo is 19th in the nation in assists per game at 0.53 where Waddell is 36th at 0.47.
In goal this season, Megan Charlton has played a majority of the time holding down an 8-2-1 record with three shutouts, which have all came in the last four games. Charlton has played 994:02 minutes between the posts and has recorded 51 saves with 11 goals against for a .823 saves percentage and a 1.00 goals-against-average (GAA). Julia Ortiz has made seven appearances in goal and holds a 5-1 record in 561:42 minutes played behind Charlton. Ortiz has picked up 24 saves and has allowed nine goals for a .727 save percentage and a 1.44 GAA.
The Lions picked up their second Sunshine State Conference title of the year this past weekend in the SSC Tournament after winning the SSC Regular Season title on Nov. 30. On Sunday, Nov. 6, Saint Leo defeated Nova Southeastern 2-1 in come from behind fashion to claim the SSC Tournament title and the SSC's automatic qualifier bid to the NCAA Division II tournament. Both titles were the second in program history and the first time the Lions have swept the titles in a season. These 2016 titles go with the 2009 regular season crown and the 2011 tournament title.
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