Women's Soccer Looks For Five in a Row, Hosting PBA For Saturday Night Duel
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. –
The Nova Southeastern University women's soccer team has their first of back-to-back out-of-conference matches on Saturday night, hosting Palm Beach Atlantic at 7 p.m. at the NSU Soccer Complex.
The Sharks (7-2-0, 2-1-0 SSC) have been winners in each of their last four, with Wednesday's 4-2 victory over Lynn keeping them amidst the logjam atop the Sunshine State Conference standings (tied with five other teams). Before going back into league play, league provisional member PBA (4-4) is up first, with a road trip to Webber International scheduled for this upcoming Tuesday.
Three of Wednesday's four goals came off the foot of Sierra Lelii
(R-Sr., Seminole, Fla.), extending her league-leading total on the year to 12, five better than Saint Leo's Genevieve Gignac, in second place. Lelii's 26 total points is 10 more than anyone else, with Lavinia Nkomo of Barry next at 16.
The hat trick boosted her to third nationally in total goals, behind two players with 14 (Katrina Giantsopoulos and North Alabama's Chloe Richards). She continues to rank highly in the country in goals per game (fourth), total points and point per game (both sixth) and game-winning goals (ninth).
As a team, the Sharks pace the league in scoring offense, total goals, total points and points per game. They're second in assists and assists per game as well.
PBA has fallen in each of their last two outings, to future SSC partners Tampa (4-3) and Florida Tech (3-0), evening their win percentage at .500. Against other common opponents, they've fallen to Eckerd (3-2 in OT) and defeated Lynn (3-2), as well as taking on North Alabama, a 3-1 loss.
Offensively, the Sailfish are led by senior Kasey Wyer, with a team-best eight goals and 17 points. Next is Jamie Montgomery with four goals. Kayla Wincko and Isabelle Granlaud have split time in goal, each starting four games, and each going 2-2 to this point.
With a win, the Sharks would improve to 8-2, their best record to start a season since that same mark in 2006. A win would also match their total from all of last year, and the five-game streak would be the most since seven consecutive in 2007.