Ranked 23rd in this week’s NCAA poll, the Lady Flames improved to 8-3 overall and 5-1 in GSC play with the 7-1 scoring explosion. "I thought our possessions and the way we kept the ball was absolutely exceptional," Yelton said.
"We have had some great individual performances in the past, but tonight I think the focus should be on the team's performance and what we were achieving as a group. To see our team score seven goals and have six different goal-scorers is quite a compliment to what we are trying to build here. I love the fact that this team doesn't rely on any one player and we really approach every game as a group and not as individuals."
Freshman Summer Lanter kicked off the scoring at the 4:29 mark in the opening half. The goal, her seventh of the year, came on a rebound off her own blocked shot. The Lady Bucs fought back and tied the contest (7:49) when Chelsea Cassacia knocked in a header off a corner kick by Camilla Rodrigues.
Ode Fulutudilu put Lee on top to stay with her second goal of the year. The speedy forward broke away from the CBU defender and drilled her shot past the Lady Bucs' keeper with only 12:13 gone off the scoreboard clock. Senior Leah Fortune, the only Lady Flame with more than one goal, made it a 3-1 game at the half. On a perfectly executed direct kick, Fortune looped her shot over the keeper's outstretched arms.
With less than two minutes gone in the second stanza, Lee picked up a penalty and Chloe Rader stepped up to rip home her fourth goal of the season. It was Laura Thacker's time to tally her fifth goal of the campaign. The margin grew to 5-1 when Debbie Rogers delivered the assist that Thacker headed into the back of the net.
Senior Danielle Clabattone picked up her fourth goal of the season when she lobbed a shot over the keeper from 25 yards out. The final goal of the evening came from Fortune, who picked up her fourth and fifth of the season in the win. Rogers registered her second assist, putting the ball on Fortune's foot at the top of the box.
The Lady Flames took 20 shots and put 11 on target. The defense allowed the visitors just two shots in the first half and only five for the entire game. Haley Gribler recorded one save.
Lee will board the bus on Saturday and head for Cleveland, Miss., and a Sunday match with Delta State. "We have five regular season games left and we just want to keep getting better and look to improve on our last performance," said Yelton after the victory.
Flames, CBU match
ends in 1-1 Draw
MEMPHIS — Lee's first season of men's soccer competition in the Gulf South is one that the Flames or their opponents will likely never forget. Coach Paul Furey's battling club has been involved in 10 GSC matches this season and six have gone into overtime periods, four resulting in ties.
The Flames and Christian Brothers tangled for the second time this season on Friday night. The first meeting ended with the Bucs winning in two overtimes. Friday's game also went into double overtime, but this time Lee earned a point in the GSC standings with the 1-1 draw.
"We couldn't hold a one-goal lead, but we earned a tough point on the road," said Furey. "We weren't at our best tonight. CBU is a tough physical side and it was hard to find a rhythm to our game, especially inside the final third."
The Flames, 5-3-4 overall and 4-2-4 in the GSC, moved on top on a goal by Josh Ball in the 21st minute of the opening half. Jonathan Finley delivered the assist. Lee held the lead until the 85th minute when Jose Ferraz tallied after getting an assist from Youssef Naciri.
Regulation time ended in the 1-1 deadlock and neither team could tally in the two 10-minute overtime periods.
Sophomore Tom Halsall turned in another sparking effort in goal for the Flames. He had nine total saves, including a pair of big ones in the two overtimes. "Tom preserved a point for us with some big saves," noted Furey. The CBU charts show the Bucs taking 20 shots and putting 10 on target. The Flames could muster only five shots and Ball's score was the only shot on goal.
Lee's will continue its road adventures on Sunday, moving down to Cleveland, Miss., to challenge Delta State. The kickoff is scheduled for 4:30.