|Lindsey Wilson College ( 1-0-0)||1||2||3|
|Mount Vernon Nazarene (0-1-0)||0||0||0|
|Mount Vernon, OH|
|1||08:18||Amara Safuan (Lindsey Wilson College)|
|2||86:12||Ivana Damnjanovic (Lindsey Wilson College)|
|2||89:52||Chiara Epifani (Lindsey Wilson College)|
|Lindsey Wilson College||Indv. Leaders||Mount Vernon Nazarene|
|3 Players - 1||Goals||None|
|#16 Amara Safuan - 4||Shots||#22 Alexa Skal - 3|
|#1 Jovana Ivanovic - 3||Saves||#32 Madi Moore - 2|
|Lindsey Wilson College||Team Statistics||Mount Vernon Nazarene|
|14 (5)||Shots (on goal)||6 (5)|
On a beautiful night at Cougar Field, No. 5 Lindsey Wilson came away with a hard-fought 3-0 result in the season opener for MVNU women's soccer.
The game was competitive throughout, and was just a one goal game with four minutes to go before Lindsey Wilson found a way to net two late tallies to increase the Cougar deficit.
Amara Safuan opened the scoring with a well-placed free kick low to the near post at the 8:18 mark of the opening half. Play from there was back and forth, and both teams had some quality opportunities to find the back of the net.
The score remained 1-0 all the way until the 86:12 mark, after Lindsey Wilson had kept MVNU from obtaining the desired equalizer. Lindsey Wilson's Ivana Damnjanovic collected a cross from the left side after a scramble in the box, proceeding to beat Cougar goalkeeper Madi Moore with a right-footed strike from about 10 yards out.
Chiara Epifani added the final goal for the Blue Raiders with a well-placed effort from the left side to the far post with merely eight seconds remaining on the clock.
No. 5 Lindsey Wilson outshot MVNU 14-6 in the contest, but five of the six Cougar attempts were on frame and requiring of a save from the Blue Raider keeper.
Despite the result, the Cougars more than held their own with a high-quality team in the midfield, the defensive third, and with possession. The team's play in its opening game proved to be an encouraging sign for Head Coach Daniel Seiffert.
"I'm really happy with how our girls came out and competed today," said Seiffert. "Having the 4-time national champions 1-0 until the last four minutes of the game is very telling as to how hard the girls fought. It is just game number one after being together only 10 days, but I am quite happy with where we are at right now and where we are heading. We will continue to look to get better day in and day out as that is constantly our goal."
With the next game on the schedule set for September 1 at 4:00 p.m. against Lawrence Technological University, the team will have ample time to prepare before its upcoming contest. That match will be played at Spring Arbor University, and will provide the Cougars with another opportunity for a positive result.