No. 4 Southeastern Enjoys Offensive Explosion in Sun Conference Opener Versus JWU
NORTH MIAMI, Fla. – The No. 4 Southeastern University women’s soccer team opened up Sun Conference play with an extraordinary performance, surging past the Johnson & Wales University Wildcats 8-1 in their conference opener. The Fire improved to 8-1 on the season and have now won four-straight conference openers.
“I thought we did extremely well in the build up phase of the game and are hoping to build upon that heading into the next conference match,” shared head coach Randy Belli, who improved to 23-2-1 versus Sun Conference opponents during his tenure with the program.
The Fire attacked early versus the Wildcats. Sophomore forward Aisha Solorzano found the back of the net in the 2nd minute off the give-and-go from redshirt freshman forward Summer Rusher to put SEU up 1-0. The goal was her sixth of the season.
SEU took a 2-0 lead in the 6th minute on an own-goal.
Junior forward Uchenna Kanu launched a scoring tirade in the 18th minute, chipping the keeper on the left side off a ball from junior midfielder Bania Duran to put Southeastern ahead 3-0.
The Abia, Nigeria native headed in a corner kick from graduate midfielder Gabriella DiDio with six seconds to go in the half to put the Fire ahead of the Wildcats 4-0 at the intermission.
The Fire continued to dictate possession in the second half, outshooting the Wildcats 21-3 in the second 45 minutes of action.
In her first game back from injury, graduate forward Yulie Lopez netted her third goal of the season. Lopez volleyed a short ball from Kanu over the JWU keeper from six yards out.
The Wildcats got on the board in the 59th minute when sophomore forward Savannah Jackson netted her 11th goal of the season on a breakaway.
Southeastern tacked on three more goals in the 67th minute, and two in the 73rd minute. First, Kanu clinched the hat trick. Then, in a span of 43 seconds Kanu notched a four-goal game off the assist by DiDio, before she assisted on Rusher’s sixth goal of the season to cap off the 8-1 victory.
The four-goal game was Kanu’s sixth contest with four or more goals in her collegiate career.
The Fire continue TSC play at the SEU Soccer Complex next Wednesday evening. Match time is set for 5:00 p.m.