MONTGOMERY, Ala. ----- Senior Margret Albertsdottir and sophomore Maria Ros Arngrimsdottir each scored twice and a smothering defense allowed just three shots in the match, as the No. 13 Auburn University at Montgomery women's soccer team defeated Emmanuel 5-0 Saturday at the AUM Soccer Complex.
With the win, the Warhawks improve to 9-0-1 on the season and 4-0 in Southern States Athletic Conference play. The Lady Lions fell to 4-7 overall and 0-4 in league matches. The shutout also marked the fifth consecutive match in which AUM has not surrendered a goal.
"It feels good to be 4-0 in the conference," head coach Jamey Newsome said. "Mentally we were more prepared for back-to-back games this week and we did a good job of taking care of ourselves after yesterday's match. I think we were frustrated with our performance on the second day of last weekend's matches, so we wanted to do a better job of that. I also think it really helped to be at home and have our alumni back to support us really helped."
Albertsdottir put the Warhawks up for good in the 11th minute of the match, when she scored on a deflection off Lady Lions' goalkeeper Cyara Castillo. The Grindavik, Iceland, native, added her second goal of the match just 46 seconds later, taking a pass from sophomore Dagmar Gunnarsdottir and lofting her shot over Castillo. Albertsdottir has now recorded a point in every match this season and scored in nine of 10 matches.
Arngrimsdottir, who now ranks second on the team with 10 goals scored, made her presence felt in the 26th minute of the match when she headed a long cross from sophomore defender Arna Omarsdottir.
Leading 3-0 at halftime, the Warhawks continued to apply the pressure in the second half, as Arngrimsdottir and sophomore Krista Hagen connected on a goal 3:44 into the period.
Sophomore Eyrun Rakel Agnarsdottir completed the scoring at the 70:15 mark of the match, when she stole a pass deep in Emmanuel territory and finished the one-on-one opportunity.
In goal for AUM, sophomore Holly Clarke and freshman Jimi Guibor combined for the shutout, with Clarke stopping the lone shot on goal for Emmanuel.
For the match, AUM outshot the Lady Lions 21-3. The Warhawks entered the game averaging a NAIA-best 27.56 shots per match. Agnarsdottir led all players with six shots
"Today was really a team effort," Newsome continued. "Everyone continues to do their job and contribute. I feel like we don't rely on just one or two players to be successful.
"The Warhawks will return to action Wednesday, October 3, when they travel to No. 5 Mobile for a 5 p.m. tilt.
"We are about go into a crazy stretch of ranked opponents, so we certainly have a challenge in front of us," Newsome concluded. "It is a challenge that we look forward to. We will focus first on Mobile and see if we can go down there and get a win."