Lady Lions’ Olsson ties school record for goals in win at Southern

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Sophomore Sofia Olsson tied a school record with four goals to help lead Southeastern Louisiana to a 5-1 non-conference win at Southern University Thursday night at the Jaguar Soccer Complex.

Olsson tied the mark set by Danielle Shank versus Southern on Sept. 9, 2005 and matched two days later by Aimee Davis against Alcorn State. Olsson now has a team-high five goals on the season.

“Sofia showed a great passion to play tonight,” Southeastern head coach Blake Hornbuckle said. “She was fantastic in her ability to finish balls that she had in front of her and was really composed. I’m extremely happy with her with her performance.”

Sophomore Christina Cutura added a goal and also had an assist for Southeastern (3-3-1). Junior Lauren Babcock had a pair of assists while senior goalkeeper Hope Sabadash and sophomore Vanessa Arzaluz had one each. Sabadash also made three saves.

Freshman Victoria Mendez had nine saves for Southern (0-4). Freshman Sophia Zavala scored a goal in the final minutes with junior Jessica Persico getting the assist.

Southeastern took a 1-0 lead after Sabadash moved near midfield before sending a kick to the center of the box. The ball bounced once before Olsson headed a shot over Mendez at the 42:37 mark.

Mendez dove to her right to deflect out senior Casey Peacock’s attempt from the left wing with 29:30 left in the half. Cutura then headed Babcock’s ensuing corner kick just wide of the right post at the 29:13 mark.

Mendez came out to the top of the box to make a sliding save of a shot by Peacock. Olsson had another shot blocked at 22:16. Two minutes later, freshman Linda Karlsson’s shot from in front sailed high. Olsson drilled a shot wide left at the 16:10 mark. Senior Amber Lasher missed high on a shot from outside the box at the 11:21 mark. Olsson then missed high on a shot from the left wing at 9:52.

Olsson took a cross from Lasher but had her shot blocked from the left wing at 6:50. The Lady Lions kept the ball in before Karlsson chipped a shot just high at the 6:22 mark. Cutura headed a corner from Babcock past the right post with under two minutes to play. The Lady Lions held a 13-0 shot advantage at the half.

Southern went on the attack early in the second half as Persico had a shot from the left wing blocked by senior Lauren Lorentz. Zavala then sent a shot high off a corner from senior Shelby Carbin at the 43:45 mark.

Southeastern countered with junior Maddie Kresevic having a shot blocked following a cross from Peacock. She then sent a shot from in the box wide right with 40:42 remaining. Persico came back with a shot from 40 yards out that was grabbed up Sabadash. Mendez then saved a shot by Peacock from the right wing with 32:49 remaining. Peacock had a chip from the right side blocked wide at 30:08. Mendez followed with a save of Karlsson’s shot in front with 29:31 left.

Southeastern made it 2-0 with 27:43 remaining as Cutura took a direct kick from Babcock in front of the net and angled a shot in for her first goal of the season.

Olsson scored her second goal of the match after taking a through ball from Cutura and slipping past Mendez, making it 3-0 with 19:11 left. She made it 4-0 off an assist from Babcock with 17:55 remaining, then tied the record after taking a pass from Arzaluz with 12:34 left.

“We remained diligent in our game plan and what we need to do, staying disciplined and continuing to create and find players we could connect with,” Hornbuckle said of his team’s play in the second half.

Southern got on the board with 6:19 as Zavala slipped past Sabadash before tapping the ball in after taking a pass from Persico.

Southeastern closes out its non-conference schedule Sunday against Georgia State at 1 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.

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