By: Roberto De La Rosa Finch-Assistant Online Editor
After losing four straight to start the season, the women’s soccer club finally picked up a win. In a successful offensive outing, the Flyers took down the Purdue University Boilermakers at Baujan Field, 3-0. Dayton is now 1-4, breaking their losing streak.
The Boilermakers couldn’t seem to catch fire and the Dayton ladies took advantage. Scoring first, for the first time all season, the Flyers got off to a quick start. Freshman midfielder Micayla Livingston, who was making her first start, scored her first collegiate goal, assisted by juniors Sidney Leroy and Alexis Kiehl, in the 5th-minute.
When asked about her goal after the game Livingston said, “It’s an incredible feeling. It brings up the team, it was nice to get a goal early in the first half and lift our spirits up to help us play better in the rest of the game.”
And that they did. Senior Libby Leedom scored her first two goals of the season in the 15th and 86th-minutes. The first was assisted by Leroy, and was almost never put on the board because of an unnoticed hole in the net. The senior sped down the field past tired out Boilermakers for her unassisted goal later in the game.
The Flyers occasionally played sloppy, with miscommunications in the midfield, but their defense made up for it. Purdue had six corner kicks, but sophomore goalie Kaelyn Johns made several clutch saves and helped the Flyers secure the win.
Entering Sunday’s game, Dayton had recorded 55 shots for the season but had only scored four total goals.
“We were really upset with the prior games and not winning.” Livingston said regarding the team’s approach to the game. “So that really fired us up and we stuck together as a team and played well and, got the win…got the job done.”
The Flyers will now make the trip to Lincoln, NE to face off against the University of Nebraska next week on Sept. 9, looking to pick up another win.
Photo by Christian Cubacub/Staff Photographer