MEMPHIS — The Lee University soccer teams picked up a key doubleheader sweep over Gulf South Conference opponent Christian Brothers University Sunday in "The Bluff City."
Always the aggressor and always pushing forward, the Lee women's soccer defense can never be overlooked.
The 15th-ranked Lady Flames are almost assured to advance in the polls after defeating the Lady Bucs 2-0 Sunday afternoon on Signaigo Field.
The loss for CBU was only the third of the season. Their record stands at 4-2-1 in GSC play and 9-3-1 overall.
The surging Lady Flames improved to 5-1 in the conference standings, 9-2 overall. In eight of the wins, the Lee defense has held their opponents scoreless.
Lee remains on the road next weekend, heading to Alabama to face the University of Montevallo on Friday and Auburn Montgomery on Sunday.
The Lady Flames dominated the first 45 minutes but the contest remained scoreless at the half. Lee fired eight shots and placed three on target. Christian Brothers was limited to four shots and one on frame.
The second 45 minutes was a different story.
With just over four minutes (49:10) deep into the second half, sophomore Avery Engels drilled a shot into the lower-right corner of the goal to put Lee up 1-0. It was her fourth goal of the season.
At the 53:06 mark, junior Kelsey Yoder picked up a loose ball that was banged around after a corner kick and gave the Lady Flames the insurance score as she knocked in her second goal of the year.
"It was a very important win for us today. This trip is always very difficult and demanding on the body," pointed out Lee head coach Chris Hennessey.
"Our performance throughout the game was good. We applied ourselves well all over the field and had some very passages of play during the 90 minutes.
"To get two wins on the road is never easy and the attitude and character the girls showed today was fantastic," he added.
Lee's domination showed in the final stats. The Lady Flames fired 18 shots to only five for CBU. It was also rapid fire at the goal for Coach Hennessey's team. It placed 11 on frame to just two for the Lady Bucs.
Lady Flame goalkeeper Taylor Green turned away two shots on goal by the Lady Bucs and picked up her ninth win of the year, including eight shutouts. CBU's Riley Chafin was kept busy with eight saves for the hosts.
The Lady Flames battled for nine corner kicks, while CBU was awarded five. The Lady Bucs were whistled for 10 fouls and had one ejection. Lee had seven fouls but only two in the second half.
FLAMES 4, CBU 1
Needing a win after hitting a tough stretch, the Lee men's soccer team stepped up in a big way Sunday afternoon with a 4-1 dismantling of Christian Brothers in Gulf South Conference action.
The Flames fell behind early, conceding a goal in the seventh minute of the match to Devin Malone. From there however it was all Lee.
"I can't say enough about this group of guys that battled today," said third-year head coach Derek Potteiger. "We lost three straight games having played pretty good soccer but not finding a way to win.
"We made some adjustments tactically, but in the end it came down to this team, this group of willing their way to win."
That will to win was exemplified when senior Tristan Lyle found the equalizer in the 32nd minute. The score was set up by Tanner Carter and Samir Williams.
The score would be deadlocked at 1-1 going into halftime, but the Flames fired out the gate and tallied three times in the second half to win comfortably.
Jared McWhorter scored his team-leading sixth and seventh goals of the year as he converted in the 51st and the 88th minutes.
Sophomore defender Jonah Bryan connected on the third goal for the Flames off a pass from Caden Corrao at the 63:09 mark.
After a shaky start, the Lee defense settled down. Senior goalkeeper Daniel Hrenko worked the first half and had one save, while freshman Sam Keener did not allow a goal in the second half and posted two saves.
"This team could have folded after the first goal but even with the early adversity they kept fighting and scored four unanswered goals," added Potteiger.
"Christian Brothers is a good team, and they had won a few in a row, but this was a must win for us. I am so proud of this team and their collective effort today."
Viktor Hoestbo suffered the loss in net for the Bucs. Hoestbo allowed four goals and had two saves in the contest.
The win snaps a three-game slide for Lee and as it improves to 7-4-2 overall and an even 3-3-1 in the GSC. The loss sends CBU to 6-7 on the year and 4-4 in league play.