Lady Lions Down Bryan With 2-0 Shutout
"Nina Carolissen scored one of FHU's two goals in the match"
Bryan College

Lady Lions Down Bryan With 2-0 Shutout

Sat, Sep. 2, 2017 - [Women's Soccer]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion soccer team had payback on their mind Saturday night at the Lions Cup Invitational, as they looked to avenge a 2-1 loss last season at Bryan College. And avenge is what they did, as they were able to pick up a 2-0 shutout and improve to 2-1 on the season.

"I was very proud of our women's team today," said Jason Elliott, head coach for the FHU soccer teams. "The first half we were sluggish but showed much more energy in the second half. Bryan has a good team and is very well coached. Our team deserved the success as they have listened when I challenged them to improve their work rate."

The Lady Lions (2-1) were evenly matched with Bryan College (0-1) in the first half, as each team attempted 10 shots and six shots on goal. The goalkeepers were equally impressive in the first frame, as FHU keeper Erin Douglas and Bryan keeper Morgana Hardt da Silva, each racked up six saves to keep things scoreless through the first 45 minutes.

The second half; however, would be a much different story, as the Lady Lions had no trouble on the attack, pounding 10 shots compared to Bryan College who attempted just five shots in the second frame.

Nina Carolissen led the Lady Lions on the attack, as she fired in one of FHU's two goals and attempted five shots on goal in the match. Sophomore transfer Samantha Clymer followed close behind, as she scored the other goal for FHU while attempting three shots on goal in the match.

It would take the Lady Lions nearly 65 minutes in the match before they were able to break through, but it was well worth the wait. Samantha Clymer put FHU on the board first with an incredible header into the back of the net off an impressive assist by Abby Redferrin to give the Lady Lions a 1-0 lead.

"The header goal by Samantha was spectacular," said Elliott "It came off a great cross by Abby Redferrin which really turned the game in our favor. Our team really competed well, which was great to see." 

Freed-Hardeman; however, would not be satisfied with just one goal, as Nina Carolissen would give FHU a 2-0 advantage following an impressive goal of her own. Melissa Ross provided FHU with a push inside the box following a solid corner kick, which eventually made its way to Carolissen who found the back of the net for the much needed insurance goal.

With the win, the Lady Lions improve to 2-1 on the season. Bryan College falls to 0-1 on the season with the loss. Saturday's win for the Lady Lions was dedicated to Sophomore midfielder Chloe Finney who had ACL surgery earlier in the week.

UP NEXT: The Freed-Hardeman soccer teams are back in action at home on Tuesday, September 5th, as they take on Lousiana State University Alexandria. The Lady Lions kick things off first with a 3:30 PM match-up followed by the men's match at 5:30 PM at the Josh Riley Soccer Complex.