CANTON -- St. Lawrence University's women's soccer team scored goals just under nine minutes apart in the first half and went on to a 2-0 win over Lasell in the opening game of the 2010 Lotto Tournament at the Saints' Sandy MacAllaster Field Friday afternoon.
Freshman Erika Gobielle opened the scoring for the Saints at 20:38 when she took a short pass from junior Marcelle Justison and rifled a shot past Lasell goalie Elizabeth Stickley from point blank range. Justison started the game's first scoring play when her shot went off the post and came right back to her. She controlled the rebound in the box and tapped it ahead to Gobielle for the goal.
Sophomore Stephanie Sayward made it a 2-0 game at the 29:09 mark when she took a nice feed from junior Elena Rogers and rifled a shot into the upper left corner from right in front.
"Today gave us the opportunity to learn what we do well and what we need to work on," said Saint coach Franco Bari. "Although I thought we moved the ball well, we needed to play at a faster pace."
The Saints dominated play in the game and had a chance to score in the first minute when Justison broke in alone, but Stickley beat her to the ball to deny a goal. Lasell's Jamie Osterberg also picked a shot by Sayward off the goal line in the first five minutes of play and Justison had a curving shot saved by Stickney just inside the post.
"The goals we scored were fantastic and I was very pleased with our offensive efforts. We also played solid team defense against a team that attacked well," Bari added.
Saint goalie Abby van Geldern needed just four saves, two in each half, to record the shutout while Stickney finished with nine saves for the Lasers. St. Lawrence had a 24-7 edge in total shots and a 3-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The Saints will play Geneseo in their second game of the tournament Saturday at 1 p.m. while Lasell played Clarkson in a 3 p.m. game.