Big First Half Pushes Saint Leo University to Victory Over Fish

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Brandi Bianco (Pictured) Is One of A Number of Seniors Playing Their Final Regular Season Home Game for PBA on Friday Evening. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.Brandi Bianco (Pictured) Is One of A Number of Seniors Playing Their Final Regular Season Home Game for PBA on Friday Evening. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

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SAINT LEO, Fla.- The Lions of Saint Leo University broke through for six first-half goals on Wednesday night against Palm Beach Atlantic University as they cruised to an easy 8-0 victory at home. The shutout victory for SLU was their fifth shutout in a row and their eighth of the season.

Now 11-2 on the season, SLU portrayed a balanced attack that produced six different goal scorers highlighted by two goals apiece for Chrissy Darwell and Pia Soesemann. Lions teammate Courtney Kassab added a goal and two assists to guide the offensive efforts for the Fish.

Forced to play without starting junior goalkeeper Ashley Morrell, the Fish did come away with some positives according to first-year head coach James Kryger.

“Today was a tough loss and we played maybe our best half all season the second forty five so we can not wait until Friday to continue the positive strides we made tonight,” said Kryger after the contest.

“Learning we were going to be without our goalkeeper just moments before the game was tough. The coaching staff feels like our teams greatest lessons will come from our greatest defeat. We made some inexcusable mistakes and rebounded to what we feel is our finest half as we out shot, out attacked, and out cornered our opponent with what was a superior performance. We now prepare for our seniors last home stand,” continued Kryger.

After allowing the Lions to rack up 17 shots in the first-half, PBA responded in the second period by allowing just six shots while accumulating seven shots of their own.

Playing in the place of Morrell, PBA freshman Angela Poulos registered five saves in her second career start in goal.

PBA (1-11-2) will now focus on their final home opponent of the season as they will play host to St. Thomas University on Friday evening at 5 pm. The game will be played at Lantana Field.

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