Fort Wayne, Ind. – Freshman forward Morgan Graves (Joliet, Ill./Joliet West) was nearly unstoppable Friday afternoon at Coonan Field in Fort Wayne, Ind., in helping lead the Saint Xavier University women's soccer team to a 4-1 win over host University of Saint Francis (Ind.). Graves recorded two goals and an assist, all in second-half action, to bust open a game tied, 1-1, at the half and propelling the Cougars to their fourth straight victory. She has been on a recent tear scoring all of her team-leading three goals over SXU's last two games.
Saint Xavier got rolling early in the game when sophomore midfielder Molly Sheehan (Orland Park, Ill./Stagg) scored on a free kick that went over the keeper in the game's seventh minute. At the 21:32 mark of the first half, USF tied the game with a goal by sophomore midfielder Leah Campbell set up by a pass from senior midfielder Angie Carusone. Just over three minutes into the second half, junior forward Elysha Peele (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) provided the assist on Graves' first goal of the game to give the Cougars a 2-1 lead. Less than three minutes later, Graves struck again scoring on a penalty kick to extend the advantage to two goals, 3-1. It would take just one more minute for Sheehan to secure her second goal of the day on a short cross from Graves. Senior keeper Ashley Shugar (Lake Orion, Mich./Western Illinois University/Lake Orion) earned the win in goal Friday for SXU finishing with seven saves.
Saint Xavier (4-3-0 overall) stays in Fort Wayne, Ind., this evening and will wrap up play at the University of Saint Francis Invitational with a Saturday match-up against Marian University (Ind.). Tomorrow's game will take place at 12 p.m. (eastern) at Coonan Field.
Footnote: Due to errors in the statistics provided Friday, the original press release posted had an inaccurate listing of the individuals recording the goals and assists. The statistics were corrected Saturday and the press release was amended and is now accurate. We apologize for any inconvenience!