Lee Women Improve To 5-0 With Another Shutout
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Kate Dirkse and the Lady Flames posted their third shutout of the season on Sunday.
The Lee University women’s soccer team passed its first two tests in Gulf South Conference competition this weekend and will now enter a showdown at rival Mississippi College on Friday (2 p.m.). The Lady Flames improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in GSC play with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Christian Brothers University at the Ray Conn Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon. The visitors dropped to 3-3 overall and 1-1.
“It was good to get the result today against a solid opponent in Christian Brothers before we go on the road against Mississippi College,” said Lee coach Chris Hennessey.
“Our defense was challenged today but was able to help come away with the victory.
“We will now go back to work this week and try to improve on certain parts of our game as we continue to press forward into the heart of the conference schedule. There are no days off the rest of the way. I’m proud of the team and the way we have battled through some injuries and illness. We have had some younger players who have stepped up and will be asked to continue to do so. Three shutouts in five games are impressive and is a credit to our midfield and back line defenders.”
Sophomore Alexis Hale scored the only goal the Lady Flames would need in the 25th minute after receiving a pass from junior Mallory Hayden and sending into the back of the net. It was Hale’s second goal of the season. Lee had several serious challenges during the entire 90 minutes, but the visiting Bucs were able to turn away each attempt.
In the 55th minute a shot by freshman Katie Wilson was saved by Christian Brothers keeper Riley Chafin. She also turned away another attempt in the same minute by Wilson’s senior teammate Riley Henry. Chafin was credited with two saves.
The Lady Flames fired 12 shots but only placed three on target. CBU attempted 10 shots and had two on goal. Lee sophomore goalkeeper Haleigh Holland was credited with a pair of saves. Her best save came in the 65th minute when her diving save prevented a goal by the Buccaneer’s’ Bailey Tadlock. In the 71st minute with Holland pulled out of the box, senior Avery Engels dropped back to pick up a big block on a shot fired again by Tadlock.
The rugged game saw Lee whistled for 15 fouls and Christian Brothers 10, but corner kicks were few and far between. CBU had three and Lee only one. It was Lee’s third shutout in five starts this season. All totaled, the Lady Flames have allowed only two goals.