Mount Olive fell in an deep hole Thursday night at Saint Leo. The Trojans rallied within two goals, but got no closer as the Trojans' two-game winning streak came to an end with an 11-6, non-conference setback to the Lions in Saint Leo, Fla.
Riann Daziel scored two goals, giving her 20 for the season. She has scored at least two goals in each game she has appeared. The Trojans (3-4) also got a stellar performance in goal from Sarah Snell, who recorded a season-best 10 saves.
Snell was under pressure from the beginning as Saint Leo (1-4) took the game's first nine shots. Five of those shots came in the first four minutes. The fourth and fifth attempts found the back of the net courtesy of Joanna Chadwick. Chadwick connected with 26:21 left in the first half, then struck again 17 seconds later. Alix Murray made it 3-0 with a man-down marker with 20:20 left.
Mount Olive finally attempted its first shot on a free position shot by Allie Dunn with 16:33 left in the period. It was not a sign of things to come just yet.
Stephanie Marran and Christina Minneci stretched the lead to 5-0 with 14:01 left by scoring 24 seconds apart.
Mount Olive's offense came alive late in the period when freshman Jihee Choi delivered her first collegiate goal. After Marran answered the Trojans' goal with one of her own, Mount Olive began its comeback.
Down 6-1 with less than five minutes remaining in the half, Daziel scored back-to-back goals, then Alysha Kulka scored her 10th goal. Daziel's second goal, as well as Kulka's came from the free position. The Trojans finished 4-of-8 on its opportunities. Mount Olive did not record an assists in the contest.
The surge closed the gap to 6-4 just before the break when Marran stopped the momentum with her third goal of the match.
Despite the slow start, Mount Olive was able to play even in shots the latter part of the first period. But the Trojans managed to clear the ball only 6-of-13 times in the first half, allowing Saint Leo numerous opportunities in the attack zone.
Unfortunately for the Trojans, the second half started just as the first half had. The Lions came out firing, scoring twice in the first three minutes to rebuild their five-goal lead. The Trojans never recovered.
Choi led the Trojans in ground balls, while Caitlin Gore and Cockburn forced a pair of turnovers.
The Trojans return to Amon Field Saturday when Urbana University comes to Mount Olive for a noon start.