Lee (14-3-1) advances to the NCCAA National Championship which will be held Dec. 2-7 in Kissimmee, Fla.
“Before kickoff, we talked about coming ready to play and making sure this last game at home was a good representation of our season, and I think the team definitely answered the challenge,” said Lee head coach Matt Yelton.
Fortune put Lee on the board in the fifth minute. The senior took a pass from Ode Fulutudilu and fired it past the Lady Tigers’ goalkeeper.
Lanter gave the Lady Flames a two-goal cushion in the 12th minute. The freshman received a double-assist from Danielle Ciabattone and Fortune. Fortune finished the match with two assists.
The duo would alternate goals the rest of the half. Fortune would record goals in the 23rd and 37th minutes, while Lanter added goals in the 34th and 39th minutes.
Fulutudilu would add her fourth goal of the season in the second half to put a cap on the scoring. Kinsey Cichowitz was credited with two assists in the match.
“I thought it was a complete performance out of our girls, and, while Leah and Summer were outstanding in the goal scoring department, we had a complete team performance from start to finish,” added Yelton.
Lee dominated every statistical category. The Lady Flames fired off 34 shots and put 13 on goal. Campbellsville (11-6-2) placed two of its five shots on frame. The Lady Tigers were awarded three corner kicks to Lee’s nine.
“Our defense has been excellent recently and have been a key to our success,” added Yelton about his team’s fouth straight shutout. “They are also doing a great job of getting us started on the attacking side of play.”
Haley Gribler tallied two saves in recording her eighth shutout of the season. Brandie Hagerman turned aside six Lee shots in the loss.
“We are excited to be moving on to Kissimmee and look forward to competing in the national tournament,” said the 12-year Lee coach.
Lady Flames 4, Union 0
It took the Lee women's soccer team over 62 minutes to get its scoring motor warmed up in the semi-final round of the NCCAA Mid-East Tournament on Friday afternoon.
Once the host Lady Flames got the scoring machine going, they put four goals on the board in just 16 minutes en route to a 4-0 shutout victory over another member of the Gulf South Conference, Union University (7-7-3).
After a scoreless first half, senior Ode Fulutudilu broke the scoring ice in the 62nd minute on an assist from freshman Kinsey Cichowitz. Less than six minutes later, another freshman, Kaela Leskovar, got her first goal of the year on Fulutudilu's assist.
The scoring surge continued in the 74th minute when freshman Summer Lanter knocked in her 13th goal of the season. Fulutudilu continued to lead the newcomers with her second assist of the afternoon.
The game's final tally came on a 20-yard strike off the strong foot of senior Debbie Rogers. Lee's defense held the Lady Bulldogs to only three shots and the one on goal was picked off by keeper Haley Gribler. The Lady Flames had 21 shots and placed 11 on target. Union keeper Emily Waggoner had 11 saves.