Sara Macko earned and then scored a penalty kick in the 87th minute to lift Saint Leo's womens soccer team to a 3-2 victory against Robert Morris University on Thursday night.
After the Lions had lost an early 2-0 lead, Macko was brought down just inside the penalty area, and stepped up herself to fire her shot into the bottom-right corner of the net. The goal was disallowed, however, after a Lions player encroached into the penalty area before the kick was taken, forcing a re-take.
Macko stepped up again, and calmly shot into the same corner to give the Lions victory.
Saint Leo had taken a 2-0 lead within the first 20 minutes, Malloree Enoch giving the Lions the lead in the fifth minute on a direct free kick that snaked its way through the defensive wall.
Pia Soesemann doubled the Lions lead in the 19th minute, who latched onto a pass from Francesca Williams before she fired a shot that deflected in off the right post.
The Eagles hit back early in the second half, as Karina Munoz flicked a free kick by Anne Meshes past Saint Leo’s Kelcee Mai in the 51st minute. Two minutes later the game was tied, as Meshes fired a direct free kick into the roof of the net from 20 yards out.
Their lead gone, the Lions picked up their play, Dari Alcantara heading over the crossbar and Jasmine Johnson being denied by Robert Morris goalkeeper Jeannette Williams after being put through on goal before Macko’s penalty earned the Lions victory.
Saint Leo next opens Sunshine State Conference play as it travels to Eckerd on Saturday night at 7 p.m.