Friesen guides #23 Saints women's soccer past Elmira, 4-0
St. Lawrence University senior captain Julia Friesen scored the game-winning goal and assisted on two more as the nationally-ranked No. 23 Saints improved to 5-0-1 with a 4-0 victory over Elmira College at Sandy MacAllaster Field on Saturday.
St. Lawrence owned a 3-0 advantage at halftime thanks to goals from Friesen, Mackenzie Collins and Grace Lennon, while Julia Mitiguy added the lone goal of the second stanza to cap the game scoring."I was very pleased with today's performance. Our group play was much better than it has been the past week and we're really starting to connect well," said St. Lawrence head coach Franco Bari. "Going into the game it was important for us to keep a high tempo and the team did just that. In addition, quite a few players really stepped up their game. It was a good weekend overall."
The Saints closed with a sound 22-5 advantage in shots and a 7-3 edge in corners. Senior goaltender Andrea Strauss made four saves to improve to 3-0 on the season, while Danielle Fournier stopped six shots for the Soaring Eagles (2-3).
Friesen's goal came 6:10 into regulation, as she took a cross from Nyssa LaClair and re-directed the ball behind Fournier for her third goal of the season. Collins followed at 18:19, as Friesen set her up by dribbling into the 18 and centering a ball for the easy strike.
Lennon's first goal of the season came late in the first half, capping a dominant performance at 40:04. Adriana Moore set up the goal, sending a long pass into the 6-yard box to Lennon, who gained control and finished the play for the 3-0 lead.
St. Lawrence continued to generate quality chances in the second half, but the only goal came at 84:19. Mitiguy benefitted after Friesen fired a shot off the post, as the ball came right back to Mitiguy for the easy finish and a 4-0 lead.
Strauss' best save of the game came on a strike from Mikayla Gowett from inside the 18, as she was able to punch the ball aside when it was surely headed for the back of the net. Her play, along with solid defensive efforts from Hannah Calvelli, Laura Topf and Caroline Crandall, helped St. Lawrence to its second shutout of the season.
The Saints will look to continue their strong play on Wednesday, September 18 when they travel to Potsdam State to take on the Bears at 7:00pm.