The Saint. Leo Lions scored two late goals Wednesday night, erasing Florida Tech’s lead and picking up a big 3-2 win in Women’s Soccer on Wednesday night.
Florida Tech dented the scoreboard immediately, when Keira McCarthy picked off a ball in the Saint Leo side if the field and burned by the defense, before drilling a ball by Lions goalie Julia Ortiz. McCarthy got another shot off at the 1:37 mark, but Ortiz was able to keep that one out.
The Panthers (5-2, 1-2 SSC) made good on their next opportunity at the 11:03 mark when Ciera Misner got a free kick that Eva Banton pushed to Elin Svensson, who headed it past Ortiz and gave Florida Tech a quick 2-0 lead.
Saint Leo (5-1, 3-0 SSC) closed the gap to 2-1 on a goal by Arielle Kabangu, who beat Karlyn Prisco in net for the Panthers. The Lions had two consecutive corner kicks in the 29thminute, but neither team was able to score before the end of the half.
Each team took six shots on goal in the first half, with Saint Leo taking four corners to the Panthers one.
Florida Tech got a few shots off in the first 12 minutes of the second half, only one on goal from Aubri Williamson. With 11:37 left in the match, the Lions made their first shot on goal of the period count, when Katie Waddell tied things at two, with a header past Prisco.
Rakeisha Sealey took another shot at Prisco in the 83rdminute, but was denied. Kabangu would strike again with 4:52 left, scoring her second goal of the night, sending the visitors to a 3-2 win.
For more info: Saint Leo @ Florida Tech Box Score
It was the second Sunshine State Conference loss of the season for the Panthers, but they have a chance to get one right back on Saturday, when they take on Rollins (5-1,1-0 SSC) at 7:00 p.m. in Orlando. Rollins was ranked sixth in the latest soccer poll, with Saint Leo and Florida Tech both receiving votes.
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