LAKELAND, Fla.— The women’s soccer team continued its dominant stretch with a 3-0 victory over the St. Thomas University Bobcats on Saturday night as Uchenna Kanu incited the offense with a trio of goals. With the triumph, the third-ranked Fire improved to 12-1-1 on the year and remained unbeaten in conference play with a 5-0-1 record.
Kanu opened the scoring in the 25th minute, after receiving a ball over the top of the St. Thomas defense from Gabriella DiDio. The Abia, Nigeria native settled the pass and calmly slotted a shot past the Bobcat keeper to give SEU a 1-0 lead.
The Fire doubled their advantage just nine minutes later on another searching pass from DiDio. The graduate student curled a ball to the back post off of one of Southeastern’s six corners, which found the head of Kanu and shortly after found the back of the net to make it 2-0.
Contrasting styles of play saw the Bobcats outshoot SEU 10-8 in the first 45 minutes, despite giving up a pair of tallies to Kanu and the Fire. St. Thomas launched shots from far range, which goalkeeper Holly Eddins was equal to. The freshman goalkeeper recorded nine saves, the second-most in the season so far.
Kanu ended the night with a bar-down rocket in the 84th minute. A bouncing ball in the box deflected off of Aisha Solorzano and landed at Kanu’s feet. The junior then launched a shot over STU’s goalie and down off of the crossbar to complete the 16th hat-trick of her career and secure the 3-0 triumph.
“Our team put in a solid performance tonight against a very athletic St. Thomas side. I’m proud of the girls, the way we played and the quality of the goals we scored,” Coach Randy Belli said of his team’s performance.
Southeastern will be back on the pitch when they travel to Savannah, Ga. to take on SCAD on Wednesday. The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.