No. 2 Lady Flames post fifth straight shutout
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JACKSON, Miss. — Scoring early is always a key in the game of soccer and Lee's No. 2-ranked women's team scored early and often in Saturday afternoon's 6-0 romp over host Belhaven University.

Now 7-1 on the season and 4-0 in Southern States Athletic Conference play, the Lady Flames notched their fifth straight shutout.

Ode Fulutudilu got the Lady Flames out of the gates quickly on what coach Matt Yelton described as "a great goal." In only her second match of the season Christina Bovbjerg delivered the assist and the romp was on.

"All our girls played well and all six of our goals were quality shots," added Yelton, who had earlier expressed fear after the tough 1-0 win on Friday and playing an early match on Saturday. "We got an opportunity to play all 23 girls who made the trip."

Junior Charlotte Canlett, who has drawn praise from Yelton in recent games, tallied the second goal of the afternoon. Danielle Ciabattone got the third score. Fulutudilu was credited with assists on the second and third tallies.

Junior Debbie Rogers stepped up and garnered the fourth goal that was unassisted. Bovbjerg, a freshman from Denmark, registered her first career goal on an assist from Rogers and the final score of the day came off the foot of another freshman, Melin Niedermayer who hails from Wurzburg, Germany. Her goal was unassisted.

The Lady Flames had several scoring opportunities in the second 45 minutes but could not convert. Overall, they took 23 shots and 17 were on target. Belhaven was limited to only two shots on goal and keepers Leah Wilson and Elyse Cottrell each collected a save. Nicole Walsh had six saves for the losers.

"I've talked about our depth being a strong point all season and it showed today," said Yelton. "We played without a couple of our starters (Ashley Aragona and Chloe Woody) but the other girls stepped up. We did exactly what we needed to do on this important road trip."

Lee will continue its road adventures Wednesday, traveling to Mount Vernon, Ga., to face Brewton-Parker College. The Lady Flames will return home Saturday and host Emmanuel College in a 5 p.m. game.

Lady Flames 1, Wm. Carey 0

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Ashley Aragona scored at the 24:15 mark and Laura Thacker used her head to turn away a possible game-tying goal late in the second half as Lee defeated host and eighth-ranked William Carey in an SSAC battle on Friday evening.

"They are as good as anyone we have played this season and probably deserving of a better ranking than eighth," said coach Yelton after directing his club to the tough win. "The entire conference has improved. Going on the road and winning is not going to be easy for anyone this year."

"The backline and midfield is helping hold us together,” noted Yelyton. “Leah Wilson (goalkeeper) was fantastic."

The senior keeper had six saves as William Carey fired 17 shots with six on goal.

"I'm proud of the entire team," added Yelton. "Aragona is playing at about 50 percent on an injured ankle, and Ode (Fulutudilu) is sick and played at around 80 percent. But we've got to turn right around and play Belhaven tomorrow afternoon. We're tired and banged up. We can't take anything for granted. "The header by Thacker was huge tonight. We had several good chances to score, but just couldn't get the result."

Overall the Lady Flames fired 24 shots and put 10 on target, but Aragona's shot was the only one to reach the back of the Crusaders' net. Leah Fortune picked up the assist.

William Carey keeper Linfa Jones helped keep her club in the thick of the contest with nine saves. Lee was awarded 11 corner kicks and William Carey nine.

The defeat dropped the Crusaders to 7-2-1 overall and 2-1 in the SSAC.