"Today was a nice cap to the weekend,” said coach Matt Yelton, who had watched his Lady Flames whip Christian Brothers 7-1 on Friday. “We played in a tough environment on a tough surface and we were able to come away with three points today."
Delta State took the 1-0 lead in the 29th minute when Payton Pearson scored on an assist from Lauren Pearson.
"We seem to want the other team to score a goal before we decide to kick it in gear,” Yelton pointed out. “But once the opponent scores, we have responded well. However, it would be nice if we just put a team on their back foot and keep them there."
The Lady Flames responded to Delta State’s score in less than a minute’s time. Freshman Summer Lanter tallied her team-leading eighth goal and tied the contest in the 30th minute.
Senior Leah Fortune, who has been on fire over the past few weeks, put the Lady Flames on top 2-1 at the half.
Lee junior Laura Thacker, another Lady Flame at the top of her game, scored the next two goals to give her club the comfortable 4-1 margin. Her first goal came at the 56:20 mark and she countered that tally with a patented header off an assist from Debbie Rogers. Both Thacker and Fortune now have seven goals for the season.
Fortune knocked in the final goal of the game in the 71st minute. Liz Hagan got her first assist of the season.
Yelton praised the play of his defense. "I thought our back four did a great job today limiting the opportunities that Delta had to go forward. In terms of total chances we had the majority of possession and Haley (Gribler, Lee’s keeper) was rarely tested during the game."
"The surface kept us from playing our style of play,” he added, “but we still attacked with a lot of passion and energy and were constantly a threat to score."
The Lady Flames will return to the Lee Soccer Field on Friday and welcome Union University. The first match of the GSC doubleheader is slated for a 5 p.m. kickoff.
flames past Delta
CLEVELAND, Miss. — Midfielder Chevon Roberts tallied two goals and produced what turned out to be the winning score in the 73rd minute in leading the Lee men's scorer team to a 3-2 victory over the Delta State Statesmen on Sunday afternoon.
The Flames completed the rugged weekend Gulf South series with a double-overtime 1-1 draw on Friday, and then regrouped with the win on Sunday in Mississippi. The victory gave Lee a season sweep over Delta State. Last week the Flames defeated West Alabama to complete a sweep in that series.
Freshman Eli Price got the Flames on the board at the 17:59 mark and gave his team a 1-0 lead at the break. It was Price's first goal of the season.
"Eli (Price) had a terrific individual effort to put us up 1-0 and set up Chevy (Roberts) beautifully to give us a 2-0 lead," said coach Paul Furey. "Our boys overcame a number of challenges and did what it took to get the result on the road."
The Flames moved on top 2-0 in the 50th minute when the ever-present Roberts collected an assist from Price and ripped his shot into the back of the net. "Chevy stepped up to give us two goals to lead the way," said Furey after the victory.
But the Statesmen would not go down without a fight. Jaxon Lambert made it a 2-1 contest in the 58th minute and then, after being rewarded with a penalty kick, tied the contest at two.
"It seems we like to make things interesting by letting Delta State equalize," stressed Furey. "But we kept our composure and got the job done."
Roberts ended any thoughts of the Flames going into their seventh overtime match of the season when he scored on a header off an assist from freshman David Perez in the 73rd minute.
Lee made the best of nine shots, placing four on goal and two in the net. The Flames' defense limited Delta State to 10 shots and three were on target. Tom Halsall had two saves in goal for Lee.
The Flames improved to 6-3-4 overall and an eye-catching 5-2-4 in Gulf South play. They will return to the Lee Soccer Field on Friday and host Union University at 7 p.m.