The No. 1-ranked Lee women’s soccer team improved to 13-1-1 on the year and moved to within one victory of another perfect Southern States Athletic Conference mark by coasting past the visitors from Truett-McConnell College, 5-0 at the Lee Soccer Field on Thursday.
The Lady Flames are 10-0 in conference play and will wrap up the regular season Saturday afternoon when they travel to Brenau University for the NAIA Match of the Week.
“Saturday’s match against Brenau will be something that's really important for us to go perform well,” stressed coach Matt Yelton. “It will be the 10th top 25 team we’ve faced this year, so we're used to this type of competition. But we know Brenau has a very talented squad and we will have to be at our best."
Veteran performers Leah Fortune, Amy Cochran and Ode Fulutudilu set the victory tone. Fortune tallied two goals. Cochran triggered three assists and Fulutudilu had a goal and an assist.
Fulutudilu opened the scoring 11:13 deep into the first half. Cochran dished the ball into Fulutudilu who made a one-on-one move for the goal. The next two goals belonged to the crafty Fortune. Fulutudilu slipped a pass inside the box to Fortune and she drilled the shot into the back of the net at the 20:35 mark.
Before departing for a rest, Fortune struck again (25:31). Aragona lobbed the ball inside the box and Fortune knew exactly what to do with the excellent pass. The margin grew to 4-0 at the half. Freshman Melin Niedermayer collected an assist from Cochran and scored off a rebound shot.
The final goal came with less than seven minutes remaining. Sophomore Michelle Spangler helped make it a big afternoon for Cochran when she tallied off a corner kick. Truett-McConnell got only one shot and it was on goal. Elyse Cottrell collected the save. Lee took 24 shots and had 11 on target.
“I was really pleased with the result tonight and how well the girls came to play,” said Yelton. “I thought we got a good early look at goal and did a good job of converting our chances.”
The win took on extra meaning. “We were really excited about tonight's game,” noted Yelton. “We earned the No. 1 seed in the SSAC, which is unbelievably tough. We have five top 25 teams and three in top five. So the No. 1 seed tonight was a different objective and I’m really pleased with that. Our girls played so well to go get it done.”