LAKELAND, Fla. – The No. 6 Southeastern University women’s soccer team welcomed back fans to the SEU Soccer Complex in grand fashion, rolling past the Florida College Falcons 6-0 in front of the home crowd. With the win the Fire improved to 14-1 all-time versus FC and have now won 27 consecutive matches on their home pitch.
Southeastern outshot Florida College 31-1 on the match, the Fire’s highest shot total of the season.
“We did a good job pinning them on their half,” shared head coach Randy Belli. “We were able to produce a lot of chances but need to continue to work on finishing those chances. I’m overall pleased with the performance and that we got the shutout.
The Fire converted their first shot attempt of the contest into a score, as junior forward Uchenna Kanu rocketed a through ball from graduate midfielder Gabriella DiDio into the bottom left corner to put SEU up 1-0 in the 5th minute.
The Abia, Nigeria native went on to record her fourth hat trick of the season, pushing her NAIA-leading season goal total to 19 with the three-goal performance.
Junior midfielder Bania Duran found the back of the net for the first time this season in the 31st minute. Duran rocketed a deflected shot by redshirt-freshman forward Summer Rusher into the top shelf from 30 yards out.
Southeastern went up 3-0 in the 37th minute when Duran played a nice through ball to Kanu, who finished the chance far post.
SEU led FC 3-0 at the half, outshooting the Falcons 14-0.
The Fire went up 4-0 in the 49th minute. Sophomore forward Aisha Solorzano beamed a pass from senior outside back Megan Penhaligon into the top shelf. The score was her fifth of the season.
DiDio tacked on her fifth goal of the season and put SEU ahead 5-0 in the 72nd minute, as she volleyed a through ball from senior midfielder Lynsey Kelly into the upper 90.
Kanu tacked on the exclamation point in the 87th minute, with an outstanding individual effort where she beat a flock of Falcon defenders and lobbed the ball over the head of the FC keeper.
The Fire host Florida National University at the SEU Soccer Complex next Wednesday evening with another match time set for 7:30 p.m.