Women's soccer player Alanna Speaks, a freshman from Wilmington, is a graduate of St. Elizabeth's High School.
Alanna Speaks scored twice including the game winner with 57 seconds left as the Goldey-Beacom College women's soccer team defeated Felician University 2-1 in Lyndhurst, New Jersey Saturday.
Speaks, a freshman from Wilmington, is a graduate of St. Elizabeth's High School.
With the conference win, the Lightning improved to 5-0-1 overall and 4-0 in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.
Goldey-Beacom outshot Felician 18-7 with 10 on frame, but had to hold off a major challenge from Felician to continue its best start in school history and establish a new best opening in league play. The 2006 squad opened the season 3-0 in conference play.
The Lightning also halted a 10-game winless streak against the Golden Falcons (0-7-3), and the teams finally ended in regulation after the last four encounters went to extra time.
Speaks struck first in the 31st minute to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead. She took a pass from junior Cliona Crammond (Wicklow, Ireland) and put an eight-yard shot low and into the frame.
Felician tied the game in the 62nd minute when Danielle Stoll faced a one-on-one battle near the goal and won it for a 1-1 tie.
Goldey-Beacom held a 10-4 shots edge in the second half, and finally scored in the dying seconds for the go-ahead marker.
Senior Amy Runciman (Luton, England) continued her great playmaking and lifted a pass from the right to Speaks, who headed it home for her league-leading sixth goal of the year.
All of Speaks’ goals have come in the last three matches, and she has two braces this season. To put her start in perspective, she is two goals off the school’s single-season top 10 list.
Runciman now has 73 career points, moving her into sole possession of third place in school history. Former teammate Alex Smith (2011-14) is just one point in front of her.
Runciman ended with five shots and junior Marta Lopez (Valencia, Spain) made two saves for GBC.
For Felician, Stoll attempted four shots and Jamie Kazenmayer made eight saves for the Golden Falcons (1-4-1, 1-2).
NEXT GAME: Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 4 p.m., at Wilmington University athletic complex, 1365 Pulaski Highway (Route 40), Newark. Wilmington University defeated Felician 2-1 Sept. 10.