(COTTLEVILLE, MO) St. Louis Lions WPSL finished their sophomore campaign in the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) this past weekend and their two-victory home finale at Tony Glavin Sports Complex resulted in numerous team benchmarks.
The Lions notched a 6-1 win over Springfield Lady Demize on Saturday at the Cottleville pitch and then recorded an identical 6-1 result over KC Courage Sunday afternoon.
The team this season recorded new benchmarks in wins (seven), points (22), goals (26) and season point differential (+13).
Saturday’s game saw the Lions’ Brittany Steiger start the four-goal, first-half onslaught over Springfield with her goal three minutes deep. Midfielder Marjolen Nekesa added a goal five minutes later that pushed the lead to 2-0.
At the 26-minute mark, defender Lindsay Sands received a feed from Isabel Burke and punched it to the back of the net for the Lions’ 3-0 lead.
Six minutes later, Kaitlyn Sullivan extended the lead to 4-0 via a penalty kick.
In the second half, the Demize notched a goal four minutes in to cut the deficit to three but Lions’ forward Maddie Bauer collected a pair of goals that secured victory. Tallies at the 53 and 58-minue mark pushed the Lions’ lead to 6-1.
St. Louis’ defense continued the lockout and goalie Mary Niehaus claimed her sixth victory of the season in the Lions’ 6-1 duke.
Sunday’s match-up with Kansas City saw the Lions’ claim the 1-0 lead with Hannah Friedrich’s sixth goal of the season with Stacie Meuhling’s assist ten minutes in.
Nine minutes later, midfielder Sammi Gregory fed a pass to Steiger and the defender extended the Lions’ lead to 3-0 with the goal.
The Courage sliced the differential to two goals early in the second half but the Lions pushed the lead back to three goals at 55:00 with Ellie Moreland’s goal for a 4-1 scoreboard read.
The Lions extended the score to 5-1 at the 68-minute mark with Lindsay Sands’ second goal of the season.
St. Louis put the capper on the season with Maddie Bauer’s team-tying sixth goal of the season with six minutes left in the game.
Niehaus collected her seventh win of the season in the Lions’ 6-1 home finale over the Courage. The netkeeper finished the season with a 1.25 goals against average and 38 saves in ten games.
With their improvements found this season, one should be optimistic that this team should be a frontrunner in next year’s Heartland Conference complexion if not a strong contender to take the top spot overall.
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Game-day statistical information provided by St. Louis Lions WPSL.