With the Lady Flames (2-1) starting slow offensively, Oklahoma Baptist’s (0-2) Elisa Brito opened the scoring just 2:35 in the first half, curling a strike over Lee goalkeeper, Leah Wilson, to take an early 1-0 lead.
It didn’t take long for the powerful Lady Flames to get on the board, however, as Ashley Aragona scored at the 15:06 mark, on a crossing pass from Leah Fortune to tie the match at one.
From that point on, Lee controlled the contest, scoring four more goals in the first half. Fortune scored her first goal as a member of the Lee squad, knocking in a rebound past the Lady Bison keeper.
Jamie Achten was next with the first of her two goals, coming off an assist from Amy Cochran. Freshman Kathryn Healy also added her first goal as a Lady Flame, before Achten scored again with just under three minutes remaining in the first half.
The final score of the match came 25 minutes into the second frame, as Ode Fulutudilu knocked in one final score, also assisted by Cochran.
“It was a slow start for us,” said Lee assistant coach Chris Walker. “But eventually we woke up and were able to finish some of our chances in the first half.”
Walker pointed out the solid play from several Lady Flames.
“Jordan (Woody) played well for us tonight. Amy (Cochran) was consistent again and played well on the back line, and Jamie (Achten) played another good game, scoring two goals for us.”
“Overall it was a good result to start the home season,” concluded Walker. “Now we have two weeks off to prepare for a big weekend where we will play Embry-Riddle and Lindsey Wilson.”
Both the Embry-Riddle and Lindsey Wilson matches will be a part of the annual Kickin’ It for Kids with Cancer Lady Flames Classic, benefiting the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer. For more information on the event, visit www.hatcherfoundation.org/kickit.