By Philip De Montmollin, St. Thomas (Fla.) Sports Information Director
MOBILE, Ala. - In one of the biggest wins under Head Coach Michelle Smith, the St. Thomas (Fla.) women's soccer team went on the road and defeated seventh ranked Mobile (Ala.) 1-0 on Saturday night. With the win, the Bobcats improved to 2-0 to open the 2013 season. The Lady Rams fell to 1-1.
Mobile is coming off a 15-4-2 season and three straight trips to the Round of 16 at the NAIA Women's Soccer National Championships. St. Thomas entered the game unranked in the NAIA Women's Soccer Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll.
The win by the Bobcats came on UMobile's home field, known as "The Jungle" and considered one of the toughest home-field environments in NAIA Soccer.
With the game scoreless and a mere five minutes remaining in regulation, senior center midfielder Melony placed a free kick in front of the goal mouth that Mobile goalkeeper Gillian McMahon could not handle. Senior forward Sara Mira pounced on the opportunity and hit the back of the net to give the Bobcats a 1-0 lead.
The Bobcats, led by defenders Emelie Johannson, Christina Salazar,Alyssa Kilbride and Ashley Taylor, held off the Rams for the final five minutes to preserve the shutout. Senior goalkeeper Ariana Lorenzo recorded three saves on 14 shots en route to her 11th career shutout.
Mira now has three goals on the year as she scored two goals on Friday in a 3-1 win over Truett-McConnell (Ga.), also played in Mobile, Ala. Poviones now has three points on the year, having also scored a goal in Friday's season opener.
The Bobcats return home to face Thomas (Ga.) on Saturday. Thomas is coached by Julie Orlowski, a former coach at STU and a graduate (M.S., 1995) of the St. Thomas University Sports Administration program.