Missesota Lightning Press Release - www.mnthunder.com
Saturday, June 27
BLAINE, MN - The Minnesota Lightning successfully shook off their two loss road trip with a 3-0 win over the Cleveland Internationals. This keeps the Lightning undefeated while playing at the National Sports Center but they are still in third place in the Midwest Division.
The Lightning fired out of the gates. Caroline Smith scored the first goal of the game in the sixth minute. Emily Orbell dished her the ball and Smith maneuvered around the Internationals defenders with just Cleveland goalkeeper, Nicole Wood, standing between her and the net. Smith wound up for a shot as Wood dove for the ball but Smith's shot passed right over the keeper for the first goal of the game.
Kelsey Hans also found the back of the net in the 13th minute. Kelsey Hood passed the ball to Hans where she spun around to get the defender to her back and slipped a shot past Wood. The Kelseys put the Lightning up by two.
Minnesota continued to enforce their will on Cleveland in the 27th minute. Chealsea Cline was in the middle of the box when she took control of the ball. Once she had position, she whipped around and fired a shot on target. Before Wood could do anything about the ball, it was already in the goal and the Lightning went up by three.
The score at the end of the first half effectively tells the story of how the game play went in the first 45 minutes.
The Lightning almost scored again when Sarah Johnson rushed Wood in the 64th minute. Johnson was barreling down the center of the field at full speed when she approached the 18 yard box. She slowed down but the ball did not and this gave Wood an opportunity to dive and grab the ball to keep the score 3-0.
After 90 minutes of play, the Lightning ended the game winning 3-0. This is their first game in three games but they still remain undefeated at home.
The Lightning continues their three game home stand on Wednesday, June 1 at 7:05 p.m. when they host the Chicago Red Eleven. Minnesota will try and get revenge on the Red Eleven for getting shut out the last time they met. After facing the Red Eleven, Minnesota will take on Kalamazoo Rage on Friday, July 3 at 7:05 p.m. For individual tickets, please visit www.ticketmaster.com or for group tickets call the Thunder office at 651.294.4664.