MILWAUKEE, Wis. After three straight 1-0 victories, Tony Guinn was in dire need of a breather.
And the Saint Mary's University women's soccer team gave their second-year coach just that Sunday afternoon against Wisconsin Lutheran.
Amy Cory (Crystal Lake, Ill.) scored two goals and Kendra Maloney (Green Bay, Wis.) added a goal and three assists, as SMU ran its winning streak to seven straight with a 6-1 rout of the Warriors.
The Cardinals, off to their best start since opening the 1999 season 8-0-1, have already equalled their win total from a year ago, when SMU finished the season 7-10-1 overall.
Lisa Tlougan (Rochester, Minn.) got the Cardinals on the board at the 4:30 mark of the opening half, and within the next two minutes, Cory and Maloney had scored to push the SMU advantage to 3-0. Cory netted her first two goals of the season after leading the team in scoring a year ago with 14 goals.
Abbey D'Acquisto (Racine, Wis.) the Cardinals' hero in Saturday's 1-0 win over Carleton when she converted a penalty kick with 17 minutes remaining in regulation and Ashley Rice (Green Bay, Wis.) also scored first-half goals for SMU.
Wisconsin Lutheran finally got on the board with less than two minutes remaining in the first half, as Charie Witte beat SMU goalkeeper Lauren Mess (Lake Geneva, Wis.). The goal was the first given up by the Cardinals since SMU gave up a first-half goal against Marian in its second game of the season a span of more than 462 minutes.
The Cardinals will go for their eighth straight win on Wednesday, when they travel to Northland for a nonconference game.