Lee Women Fall 3-1 At Habitat for Humanities Classic
Sunday, September 09, 2012
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - There is just something negative about playing the second match of the season on the road for the Lee women's soccer team. Last year the Lady Flames went to California and were beaten by Azusa Pacific in their second match. Fifth-ranked Embry-Riddle played the role of spolier on Sunday, handing Lee's top-ranked Lady Flames a 3-1 defeat in the second round of the Habitat for Humanities Classic.
The Lady Flames bounced back from two early-season defeats in 2012 to win 20 straight, including a record-setting fourth straight NAIA National Championship.
Sunday's win by the host Eagles also served as a matter or revenge. Lee whipping Embry-Riddle twice last season, once in regular-season play and then in the second round of the NAIA National Championship. The Eagles, in fact, were 0-3 against a Yelton coached team until Sunday.
"Today was a day that hopefully we will learn that we have to play 90 minutes and not take anything for granted," said Yelton after the loss. "The bottom line is that we got outplayed, outmuscled, and out worked by a team that simply wanted it more than we did."
Lee went on top 1-0 in the 11 minute on a goal by senior Caroline Scales. The Eagles made it a 1-1 battle when Allison Schultz scored in the 36th minute on an assist from Katherine Ebbs. The first 45 minutes ended deadlocked at 1.
Embry-Riddle took the lead for good at the 51th-minute mark on Valerie Obita's goal, and the Eagles put the contest out of reach with a goal by Kizzy Menez with only seven minutes remaining.
The host club took 13 shots and put five on goal. Lee keeper Leah Wilson had one save. The Lady Flames fired seven shots and three were on target. Eagle keeper Lauren Gallant had a pair of saves for the winners.
Lee will play its first home match on Thursday, hosting powerful Lindsey Wilson College in the Lady Flames Classic. The Blue Raiders were one of the two teams to defeat Lee last season and it came in the same Classic. Thursday's play is slated for a 7:30 start.