Short-handed OT goal ignites Flames
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LEE UNIVERSITY senior Chevon Roberts, front right, moves the ball through traffic during Friday’s Gulf South Conference match against Union University defenders. Roberts later delivered the match-winning penalty kick in overtime.
LEE UNIVERSITY senior Chevon Roberts, front right, moves the ball through traffic during Friday’s Gulf South Conference match against Union University defenders. Roberts later delivered the match-winning penalty kick in overtime.
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Playing in their seventh overtime match of the season and with a man down, coach Paul Furey's club found a way to post a 2-1 overtime victory over Union University on a cold Lee Soccer Field Friday evening.

Many athletic teams would have thrown in the towel after the visiting Bulldogs scored in the 87th minute to tie the hard fought battle at 1-1. The tying goal came after Lee's Josh Ball picked up a red card at the 81:38 mark. Playing a man down in the final eight minutes of regulation, the Flames were not about to quit.

Still playing a man down in OT, the regrouped Flames outshot the Bulldogs 6-1. "That's pretty impressive. Our guys can be proud," stated Furey.

Lee was awarded a penalty kick in the final minute of the 10-minute overtime and senior Chevon Roberts stepped up and nailed the kick to give the Flames their seventh win of the year. They are 7-3-4 overall and an even more impressive 6-2-4 in the Gulf South Conference play.

After a scoreless first half, Lee finally broke the scoreless affair when Quade Marinell picked up a loose ball and blasted a hard strike past Union goalkeeper Matt Kesler.

"Our midfield controlled the game, so it was only fitting for Quade to have a great strike and Chevy (Roberts) to get the game winner," said the pleased Furey.

The Flames could smell victory until Seth Guiler rolled a free ball past Lee keeper Tom Halsall in the 87th minute.

"Our back line was solid and as I watched the replay of their goal we were just a bit unlucky," said Furey. "The ball just bounced the wrong way and rolled into the corner of the net.

"This was one of those defining moments for us," Furey pointed out. "Our youth could have bowed out in OT, having to play a man down and conceding another late goal. But they showed what they are made of and earned the three points.

"We were happy to get the win for the great crowd we had tonight. They were awesome."

The Flames outshot Union 22-11. Lee had nine shots on goal and the Bulldogs had four. Kesler had six saves in the loss and Halsall had three in the win.

After a day of rest, Lee will jump right back into GSC play on this afternoon, traveling to Alabama-Huntsville for a 4:30 kickoff.

Lady Flames 4, Union 0

Another impressive win is in the book for the steamrolling Lee women's soccer team. The Lady Flames handed defensive-minded Union University a 4-0 defeat on Friday evening at the Lee Soccer Field.

The win improves Lee to 7-1 against Gulf South competition and 10-3 overall.

The Lady Flames will travel to Alabama-Huntsville for their final road test of the season on this afternoon at 2.

"I'm really pleased with the way our group played tonight," said Yelton. "We scored four goals on a team that is really tough to break down. Also, we had several different players contribute some excellent play, and four different goal scorers."

It took the Lady Flames just over seven minutes to put the first goal in the back of the net. Kinsey Cichowitz picked up a turnover and ripped the ball into the upper right corner of the net. At the 20:46 mark the margin reached 2-0 when freshman Summer Lanter posted her ninth goal of the year off an assist from Debbie Rogers.

It was a 3-0 halftime score when Danielle Ciabattone let fly with a strike from 40-yards out and it sailed over the head of Union keeper Emily Waggoner's head and into the back of the net.

The final score of the game came only 25 seconds deep into the second half. Leah Fortune collected her eighth goal of the season off an assist from Ciabattone. Coach Yelton allowed his reserves to see plenty of playing time the remainder of the half.

"What I'm really pleased with is how we played in getting this win," noted Yelton. "Not only did we get a good result, we played a very attractive style of soccer tonight. The speed and the technical level of our play were exceptional."

The statistics prove what the highly successful coach was saying. Lee had 22 shots and 11 were on the mark. Waggoner turned in a nice effort in goal for the losers, having seven saves against the attacking Lady Flames. Union managed just two shots against the Lee defenders and none were on target.