The Cleveland State Vikings rebounded from their first loss of the season against Pittsburgh with a 4-1 victory against Saint Francis on Thursday afternoon.
The Vikings were the first on the board in the 38th minute as Erica Leinweber scored from the top of the box off a pass from Grace Krosky.
Cleveland State took the 1-0 advantage into halftime, outshooting St. Francis, 3-2. Sophomore Madi Snyder extended their lead in the 53rd minute with a header off a free kick from Senior Lina Feltovich. The lead grew to 3-0 in the 57th minute as Junior Bella Ceepo’s shot deflected off a St. Francis defender and into the back of the net for an own goal.
The Red Flashes broke through in the 79th minute with a converted penalty kick by Lauren Pyle to get within 3-1. However, the Green and White scored right back in the 83rd minute as Leinweber took the ball away from a Red Flash player at midfield and hustled to get down the field to send a shot over the keeper from inside the box.
The Cleveland State defense held down the lead as the Vikings won 4-1. The Vikings held a slight 9-8 advantage in shots but had an 8-4 margin in shots on goal.
Leinweber led the game with all three of her shots going on frame. Junior Kathryn Ramicone finished with two shots on goal. Junior Mollie McGuire picked up the win in goal after making three saves.
Cleveland State is 2-1-2 on the year. The Vikings will host Niagara on Sunday, September 4 for Senior Day at 2 p.m.