ST. AUGUSTINE – Sara Sandberg netted a hat trick as No. 3 (United Soccer Coaches Division II Top 25) Flagler College rolled to a 3-0 win over Catawba College in the first round of the NCAA Division II Women's Soccer Championships Friday night at Saints Field.
Flagler (20-0-1), the No. 1 seed in the Southeast Region bracket, advances to the second round where it will face No. 4 seed Lincoln Memorial University on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Saints Field. Catawba, the No. 8 seed in the Southeast, concludes its season at 11-4-3.
Sandberg's first tally came in the 14th minute when she corralled a deflected clear by a Catawba player. She dribbled in toward the center of the goal box and rifled a shot past the keeper curling the shot to the right.
She added another goal in the 62nd minute when she broke away and took a shot that the Indians keeper got a hand on and then cleaned up the rebound to stake the Saints to a 2-0 lead.
Her third goal came in the 78th minute when she knocked in a cross from Maria Castorino Mujica that was partially deflected by a Catawba player. Sandberg quickly flicked the ball in off the deflection for her 23rd goal of the season.
Sarah-Lisa Dubel recorded her fourth consecutive shutout, and her 10th clean sheet of the season, with seven saves. Dubel made several diving stops to keep Catawba off the board. Shelby Thompson tallied seven saves for the Indians.
Flagler out-shot Catawba 21-9, but held a 10-7 edge in shots on goal. Each team had five corner kicks.