Rapid-firing for the entire 90 minutes, the third-ranked Lee Lady Flames put six shots into the back of the net to open Southern States Athletic Conference play Saturday afternoon with a 6-0 victory over Southern Wesleyan University.
Thanks to some outstanding goalkeeper play by Carissa McNabb in the opening half, the Warriors were able to hold Lee’s lead to only a pair of goals in the first 45 minutes.
After a stern lecture by coach Matt Yelton at the halftime break, the Lady Flames looked like one of the nation’s best in the second half and tallied four more scores.
For the game, the Lady Flames took 32 shots and 20 were on target. McNabb recorded what might have been a Lee Soccer Field record with 14 saves. On the other hand, SWU was able to get off two shots against Lee’s stingy defense. Keeper Kristi Koudelka had Lee’s only save, but Sammie Hare was dominating at midfield.
Junior Jamie Achten finally got the Lady Flames on the board in the 23rd minute. Charlotte Canlett got the assist. Just over a minute later, Lee made it 2-0 when Danielle Ciabattone scored. Katrine Korsgaard dished off the assist.
The second half was an entirely different story. The Lady Flames took less than four minutes to tally. Korsgaard knocked in an unassisted goal. In the 53rd minute, Achten got her second score of the night as Korsgaard picked up her second assist.
The margin reached 5-0 in the 79th minute. Chelsea Eisnaugle came off the bench to score her second goal of the year and Achten got credit for the assist.
The game’s final tally came in the 86th minute when freshman Benedicte Christensen got on the board off a double assist by Achten and Ciabattone.
The win puts the Lady Flames at 9-2 overall and Southern Wesleyan drops to 4-4-1. Lee continues SSAC action on Tuesday heading for Franklin Springs, Ga. to test Emmanuel College.