Women’s soccer make history against Dayton, take down Rhode Island

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SLU women’s soccer  team opened their Atlantic 10 conference season with a 1-1 draw against Dayton, before defeating Rhode Island 2-1 in their second A-10 matchup this season. The results brought women’s soccer to an 8-2-1 overall record, including a 1-0-1 record in the A-10.

The Billikens went into the Dayton Flyers matchup with a good historical reason to be nervous: in the past nine games between the two squads, the Billikens had lost all nine. In addition, this year’s game was to be played on Dayton’s stomping grounds, Baujan Field in Dayton, Ohio. At first, the match appeared to be following a similar path, as Dayton opened the scoring in the 29th minute and held their lead going into halftime. However, five minutes after the break, freshman forward Evie Lavelle set up sophomore forward Lindsay Sands for the tying goal, and the game ended at 1-1 after double overtime.

Despite the fact that the Billikens ended the Flyers’ nine-match series winning streak, and even though SLU improved their record in A-10 opening matches to 6-3-3, they could be excused for being a little disappointed in only coming away with a draw. In the first half, SLU outshot Dayton, 8 shots to 6, and in the second half, SLU extended their dominance with 9 shots to Dayton’s 5. The overtime period, however, did see the same number of shots from both teams, with 2 apiece.

The goal against Dayton moved Sands up to a tie for second place on the SLU team for points so far this season. She is tied with freshman forward Alyssa Seitzer, who, like Sands, has 4 goals and 8 points. The only player ahead of them is senior forward Danielle Tolmais, who has an astounding 15 points, nearly double the count of Seitzer and Sands. Her 15 points have come from 7 goals and 1 assist.

After the Dayton draw, the women’s soccer team returned home to take on the Rhode Island Rams, another Atlantic 10 foe. The first half was relatively quiet as both teams felt each other out, but both the Billikens and the Rams grew into the game as the second half began. Tolmais was the standout performer of the match, scoring a goal in the 50th minute to help SLU take a 1-0 lead. Dayton responded quickly, equalizing in the 59th minute. However, five minutes into extra time, in the 95th minute, Tolmais sealed a Billikens victory with an unassisted goal.

SLU opened the match strong, registering a total of 6 shots in the first half, compared to Rhode Island’s 3. The second half proved to be an even more lopsided affair, with Saint Louis recording 12 shots to Rhode Island’s mere 5. Overtime then proved to be a tense affair, with only two shots total, although both came from the Billikens and the last one was Tolmais’ goal.

Interestingly, the Rhode Island victory has become the fourth golden-goal win SLU women’s soccer  team opened their Atlantic 10 conference season with a 1-1 draw against Dayton, before defeating Rhode Island 2-1 in their second A-10 matchup this season. The results brought women’s soccer to an 8-2-1 overall record, including a 1-0-1 record in the A-10.

The Billikens went into the Dayton Flyers matchup with a good historical reason to be nervous: in the past nine games between the two squads, the Billikens had lost all nine. In addition, this year’s game was to be played on Dayton’s stomping grounds, Baujan Field in Dayton, Ohio. At first, the match appeared to be following a similar path, as Dayton opened the scoring in the 29th minute and held their lead going into halftime. However, five minutes after the break, freshman forward Evie Lavelle set up sophomore forward Lindsay Sands for the tying goal, and the game ended at 1-1 after double overtime.

Despite the fact that the Billikens ended the Flyers’ nine-match series winning streak, and even though SLU improved their record in A-10 opening matches to 6-3-3, they could be excused for being a little disappointed in only coming away with a draw. In the first half, SLU outshot Dayton, 8 shots to 6, and in the second half, SLU extended their dominance with 9 shots to Dayton’s 5. The overtime period, however, did see the same number of shots from both teams, with 2 apiece.

The goal against Dayton moved Sands up to a tie for second place on the SLU team for points so far this season. She is tied with freshman forward Alyssa Seitzer, who, like Sands, has 4 goals and 8 points. The only player ahead of them is senior forward Danielle Tolmais, who has an astounding 15 points, nearly double the count of Seitzer and Sands. Her 15 points have come from 7 goals and 1 assist.

After the Dayton draw, the women’s soccer team returned home to take on the Rhode Island Rams, another Atlantic 10 foe. The first half was relatively quiet as both teams felt each other out, but both the Billikens and the Rams grew into the game as the second half began. Tolmais was the standout performer of the match, scoring a goal in the 50th minute to help SLU take a 1-0 lead. Dayton responded quickly, equalizing in the 59th minute. However, five minutes into extra time, in the 95th minute, Tolmais sealed a Billikens victory with an unassisted goal.

SLU opened the match strong, registering a total of 6 shots in the first half, compared to Rhode Island’s 3. The second half proved to be an even more lopsided affair, with Saint Louis recording 12 shots to Rhode Island’s mere 5. Overtime then proved to be a tense affair, with only two shots total, although both came from the Billikens and the last one was Tolmais’ goal.

Interestingly, the Rhode Island victory has become the fourth golden-goal win