Yusuf goals pace Lakers to win

From Staff Reports

For the third straight game, Clayton College & State University freshman Olaitan Yusuf scored two goals in a contest, and also for the third consecutive time this season, the Lakers captured a victory.

The Clayton State women's soccer team won its third in a row on Sunday, knocking off 23rd ranks Presbyterian College 3-1 at Laker field. The win is the only third time in school history that the women's soccer team defeated a nationally ranked team. Clayton State defeated two national ranked teams in Francis Marion University and the University of North Florida in the 2002 season.

With the win, the Lakers improve to 3-0 on the season, the best start in the program's 10-year history. Clayton state will try to keep its unbeaten streak alive when it plays hosting Spelman College in a 5 p.m. contest.

In Sunday's contest, the Lakers struck early as Yusuf drilled a shot from 20-yards out in the upper of the net three minutes into the match.

The play was setup on a long cross from senior Nkiru Okosieme.

Clayton State extended its lead to 2-0 in the 19th minute, as a 24-yard shot by junior Florence Okpala found the lower left of the goal past the outstretched arms of freshman Presbyterian goalkeeper Erin Sinkuler. The play was set up on a pass from Yusuf.

Neither team scored for almost 50 minutes until the Blue Hose cut the deficit to 2-1 in the 78th minute with a goal from freshman Millie Green off an assist by junior Jennifer Merritt.

Clayton State answered right back, however, as Yusuf scored her second goal of the game and her sixth of the season off a corner kick from freshman Jennifer Winslette.

Presbyterian took 21 shots compared to only 11 for the Lakers. The Blue Hose had 11 corner kicks compared to five for Clayton State. CCSU keeper Judith Chime made 10, while Sinkuler had seven.