Women's Soccer Swarms Over Bobcats

Women's Soccer Swarms Over Bobcats
Melissa Madrid (#3) scored twice and added an assist. Photo by Joel Auerbach.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.—The Barry Buccaneers closed the women’s soccer regular season with a 4-1 win over the St. Thomas Bobcats at Bobcat Field on Sunday afternoon. The win leaves the Bucs with a winning record (9-8-1) and in the hunt for the NCAA Tournament.

Melissa Madrid scored two goals and added an assist, while Emma Karp became just the third player in Barry history to score 20 goals in a season, joining Jenny Nilsson (25) in 2000 and Emelie Karlsson (21) in 2005.

After a scoreless first half, Silvia Lugo put the Bucs on the board in the 63rd minute. The Bobcat defense tried to pass the ball back to keeper Ariana Lorenzo, but Lugo stepped in front and rifled a shot into the back of the net.

Karp got on the board in the 69th with the aid of two perfect passes. Allie Llaneras took the ball in the midfield and slipped a pass up the middle to Madrid who found Karp open on the left side for the goal. The goal, which became the game-winner, was the 20th of the season for Karp.

Karp assisted Madrid in the 73rd minute, along with Lugo. Karp fed Lugo open on the right side and Lugo slipped the ball to Madrid for a blast from just outside the 18-yard box.

The Bobcats got on the board in the 78th minute. After a scrum in front of the Buccaneer goal, the ball jumped up and inadvertently bounced off the arm of a defender. Sara Mira converted the penalty kick against Buccaneer keeper Melissa Toledo.

Madrid connected in the 88th minute. Katrina Molfetta fed the ball up the middle of the Bobcat defense to a streaking Madrid who finished the one-on-one chance against Lorenzo.

Toledo made one save in the second half to earn her first career win. Lorenzo kept the game from getting completely out of hand for St. Thomas with seven saves.

The Bobcats got the first good look at the goal when Amanda Belarmino was pulled down from behind near the penalty mark in the 14th minute. But Pryscilla Magloire shanked the penalty shot wide to the left.

The Bucs, who narrowly missed out on the Sunshine State Conference tournament, are currently ranked fifth in the South Region and will hear on Nov. 8 if they will receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Soccer Game Summary (Final)
2010 Barry University Soccer
Barry vs St. Thomas (10/31/10 at Miami Gardens, Fla.)

Barry (9-8-1) vs. St. Thomas (8-6-1)
Date: 10/31/10 Attendance: 53
Weather: precipitous

Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Barry...................... 0 4 - 4
St. Thomas.......... 0 1 - 1

1. 62:03 BUW Silvia Lugo (4) (unassisted) - steal at top pf 18
2. 68:59 BUW Emma Karp (20) (Melissa Madrid;Allie Llaneras) - Combo passing inside 18
3. 72:17 BUW Melissa Madrid (13) (Silvia Lugo;Emma Karp) - blast from just outside the 18
4. 77:16 STUWS10 Sara Mira (7) Penalty kick
5. 87:39 BUW Melissa Madrid (14) (Katrina Molfetta) - breakaway to 1v1

Shots: Barry 21, St. Thomas 11
Saves: Barry 3 (Melissa Toledo 1; Emily Brunnschweiler 2), St. Thomas 7 (Ariana Lorenzo 7)