Lyon shoots 93 times in 16-0 soccer victory

BATESVILLE, Ark. ( – In some ways the Lyon College women's soccer team's 16-0 victory over Stephens College on Tuesday at J. Marshall Huser Field didn't compare to last season's 23-0 blanking of the Stars. But in other ways it was even more impressive in this American Midwest Conference matchup.

The Scots (8-4, 3-3 AMC) surpassed last year's win total of seven and did so by amassing 93 shots in the 90-minute contest, including 52 shots on goal in the blanking of the winless Stars (0-11, 0-4). Four different Lyon players had double-digit shot totals, led by sophomore Marcela Perez (Guatemala City, Guatemala), who piled up 20. Freshman Elyse Albright (Maumelle, Ark.) added 13 shots, sophomore Maria Alonzo (Guatemala City, Guatemala) tallied 11 and sophomore Kara Blackwell (Conway, Ark.) picked up 10.

It is unknown whether the team's 93 shots, the shots on goal or the individual shot totals were national records because the NAIA doesn't track record numbers of shots.

One national mark that did fall was Stephens College's Briannica Ponder's 36 saves. The sophomore's total shattered the old NAIA women's soccer record of 30 set by Carrie Schroeder of Tiffin (Ohio) in a contest against Keuka (N.Y.) set in 1991. It also tied the men's record of 36 set by Stephen Gruchot of Alabama-Huntsville, set against Alabama A&M in 1991.

Ponder registered 36 saves, 18 in each half. Meanwhile, the Stephens College offense did not attempt a shot in the match.

Lyon attempted 45 shots in the first half and added 48 more in the final 45 minutes. Of the 52 shots on goal, Perez led the way with 14, as 10 different Lyon players attempted at least four shots and two shots on goal. Eight different Scots scored at least one goal and seven different players produced at least one assist.

The Scots earned the second-best NAIA all-time mark during last year's win when they pushed 23 goals through the net. But what was more impressive about Tuesday's game was the way all the Lyon players contributed to the win and 'spread the wealth'. Alonzo, Perez and freshman Alisha Black (Johnstown, Colo.) all scored three times to move into a seventh-place tie in the College's individual game record books. Albright and sophomore Kyleigh Easter (Haslet, Tex.) each scored twice and sophomore Kacie De La Fuente (Irving, Tex.), freshman Alex Keene (Little Rock, Ark.) and Blackwell each produced one goal.

Albright tied for third in the Lyon record books with her three assists, while Easter, junior Kayla Floyd (Rogers, Ark.), Perez, Keene and Alonzo each handed out a pair of assists. Blackwell added one.

Perez and Alonzo's six points tied them both for sixth in single-game point totals.

Lyon scored six times in the first half, pushing the first goal into the net with just 1:19 gone. The Scots' final two goals of the period came in the last 72 ticks of the clock. The Scots then scored 10 times in the second half.

The win moved Lyon College to within 2.5 games of first-place Columbia College (9-2-1, 6-1 AMC) in the AMC standings and kept the Scots tied with Freed-Hardeman University (3-6-1, 2-2-1 AMC) in sixth place with four league games remaining.

The Scots will now go on the road for their final five games of the regular season. Lyon will visit front-runner Columbia (9-2-1, 6-1 AMC) Saturday at 4:30 p.m.