Panthers blank Arkansas-Little Rock in soccer

 

FIU scored six goals in the first half en route to a 7-0 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock at FIU Stadium on Sunday. The victory came in the final home game of the season for the women’s soccer team.

Senior goalie Kaitlyn Savage earned her 10th win of the season. She recorded three saves for her sixth shutout of the season. It was the 20th shutout of her career to tie a school record.

“We came into today’s game and did what we had to do,” Savage said. “I think overall it was a good performance by this team.”

The Panthers scored three quick goals to start the game as sophomore Scarlett Montoya (third minute), freshman Madlen Weinhardt (seventh minute) and junior Chelsea Leiva (ninth minute) each found the back of the net.

FIU’s 10th victory of the season marked the fourth consecutive season the Panthers have recorded at least 10. The win also moved FIU (10-5-2) three points closer to the top of the Sun Belt Conference standings. With one game remaining, the Panthers are three points behind first-place North Texas.

“Today’s game was just what we were looking for,” FIU coach Thomas Chestnutt said.

“UALR has had an up-and-down season and as a team that is out of the conference tournament, they are dangerous. They are not playing with any pressure on them. So, that can always be a dangerous game. We wanted to make sure that we took the danger out of the game early.”

Montoya scored her second goal of the game and team-leading ninth of the season when she struck a loose ball in the area to move the Panthers’ lead to 5-0 in the 30th minute.

Sophomore Ashleigh Shim scored FIU’s sixth goal of the half in the 41st minute. Shim slotted a cross from Montoya for the Jacksonville native’s second goal of the season. Montoya and Weinhardt earned assists on the score.

“[Sunday’s] win really pumps us up and gives us the confidence that we’re a capable of having these types of games,” Montoya said. “It also shows us that there are no excuses when we get into the final third of the field. When we get scoring opportunities, we need to finish them.”

FIU rounded out the scoring with a goal in the 51st minute by freshman Morgan Morris. It marked the second consecutive game in which the she has scored a goal. Shim picked up her fifth assist of 2012 on Morgan’s goal.

Women’s soccer

•  Miami 0, Boston College 0: The University of Miami wrapped up its final road trip of the regular season in solid fashion, earning a crucial point with a scoreless draw at No. 24 Boston College.

Sophomore goalkeeper Emily Lillard. made five saves to improve her personal record to 6-6-3 in the decision. She has not allowed a goal in her past three starts.

Miami (8-6-3, 3-4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) held firm despite a consistent offensive attack from the Eagles, including three stops by Lillard in the first 10 minutes of the second period.

Volleyball

•  FIU def. Louisiana-Monroe 25-21, 16-25, 25-9, 25-13: Senior Marija Prsa posted her eighth double-double of the season and the 18th of her career as the Golden Panthers defeated Sun Belt rival and host Louisiana-Monroe.

The victory was the second in a row for the Golden Panthers (7-16, 4-6). The Warhawks fell to 5-14 overall and 1-9.

Prsa led the FIU offense with 11 kills and added 10 digs, while Renele Forde recorded a team-high 28 assists.

Freshman Lucia Castro tallied three service aces to lead the Panthers.

On defense, Ryanne Milligan recorded 22 digs, while Carolyn Fouts added 11 digs

•  Lynn def. North Alabama 25-19, 25-19, 14-10: Brianna Cox recorded a match-high 11 kills and six total blocks to help the host Fighting Knights (12-8) sweep North Alabama (8-11).

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