A goal with only 5:54 remaining in the contest, forced the Lee women’s soccer team to settle for a 1-1 hard-fought draw on Sunday afternoon against Christian Brothers University in a GSC contest played on Signaigo Field. The result leaves the Lady Flames at 3-0-3 overall and 1-0-1 in GSC play. CBU moves to 4-1-1, 1-0-1.
After a scoreless first half the Lady Flames jumped on top when Grace Berry scored at the 53:09 mark. The unassisted goal was the freshman’s third goal of the season.
The Lee defense held the Lady Buccaneers in check until senior Cheyenne Smith played the role of hero for the home squad. Her ninth goal of the year in the 84th minute was double assisted by Lily Harrison and Julia Valentin.
“Give Christian Brothers credit. For the most part, they outplayed us today, especially during the opening and closing parts of the game, and they probably earned what they got today. On the other hand, we just have to keep working harder,” said Lee Coach Chris Hennessey.
The goal was the only shot on goal by CBU in the entire second half. For the game, the Lady Buccaneers took seven shots and had two on goal the entire afternoon. The rugged defensive affair saw the Lady Flames fire seven shots and placed seven on target. In the first half, the Lady Flames were able to place one on target.
Kassiey Kellett had Lee’s only shot on goal in the first half. Before Berry’s score, Jordan Blair fired a shot on target at the 51:21 mark in the second half and Kierstin Havens had a shot turned away in the 76thminute. The Lady Flames were awarded three corner kicks and the Lady Buccaneers four.
With both team’s defenders and midfielders playing solidly the entire afternoon, Lee goalkeeper Josie Taylor came up with just one save while Christian Brothers’ Chloe Hillyer turned away three Lee shots on goal.
“We will keep working and try to get ready for next weekend and another tough challenge against Mississippi College,” added Hennessey. The Lady Flames return to Ray Conn Sports Complex for the 5 p.m. opener of the GSC women’s and men’s doubleheader.