No. 4 Southeastern Fights Past Florida National on Stormy Evening in Lakeland
LAKELAND, Fla. – On an evening where the pitch was soaked from passing storms, the No. 4 Southeastern University women’s soccer team surged past the Florida National University Conquistadors 4-0 to improve to 7-1 on the season and conclude the non-conference portion of the regular season. With the win, the Fire have now won 28 consecutive home matches.
A delay due to inclement weather in the 3rd minute cause play to pause for an hour and five minutes.
The Fire did not take long to heat up after play resumed. Junior forward Uchenna Kanu crossed a ball from the left side of the box that graduate midfielder Gabriella DiDio one-touched past the FNU keeper.
SEU out-shot FNU 14-2 for the remainder of the half, but were unable to grow the 1-0 advantage.
The Fire pulled ahead 2-0 in the 54th minute when a ball kicked in the back of the net by the Florida National keeper resulted in an own goal.
Kanu netted her 20th goal of the season 65th minute, as she slotted a through ball from sophomore forward Aisha Solorzano far post to put Southeastern ahead 3-0. The Abia, Nigeria native has scored in every contest this season.
SEU scored its fourth and final goal in the 81st minute when junior midfielder Bania Duran rocketed a deflected shot from Solorzano into the back of the net from 20 yards out.
“We’ve been working hard on moving our central midfielders and adjusting the speed in which we are playing and I think we accomplished that goal tonight,” shared head coach Randy Belli. “The second half was the best half of soccer we’ve played this season. Unfortunately, the finishing of the chances wasn’t there but that’s something we can take back to the training ground and work on.”
Freshman goalkeeper Holly Eddins recorded six saves in her third collegiate shutout.
The Fire now commence Sun Conference play. SEU travels to North Miami to take on Johnson & Wales in the conference opener at 4 p.m.