THOMASVILLE, Ga. - It was a rough weekend for the Saint Leo University men’s soccer team as the No. 25 Lions surrendered two unanswered goals in the second half as they fell 2-1 to host Thomas University on Sunday afternoon from a hot and muggy field in Georgia.
After playing through a scoreless first half that featured solid opportunities from both sides, the Lions broke through just three minutes into the second half as senior Eusebio Montoya (Smithfield, N.C.) deposited a beautiful cross from sophomore Jonathan Glenn (Trinidad & Tobago) just inside the post to put SLU on the board.
The Lions would keep the clean sheet going through the half until Thomas University (1-2-1) player Jonah Mudaka broke free from the Saint Leo defense and blasted the ball past sophomore Griffin Pharr in the 67th minute to reinvigorate the Night Hawks and tie the score at one.
Saint Leo (2-2) could feel the momentum slipping away as the ball began to spend more time on the Thomas attacking half until the Night Hawks broke through again in the 78th minute when the Lions turned over possession inside their own area and Thomas forward Alex Fleming slotted it into the bottom-left corner past as diving Pharr for the go-ahead goal.
The Lions spent the remainder of the game trying to break through a solid Thomas defense that ultimately did not crack and handed the Lions their second loss of the season.
The Lions led in almost every offensive category as they outshot the hosts 20-to-9 but it was the two shots that found the way to the back of the net that did all the damage.
Saint Leo will try and rebound from these two-straight losses as they will face Georgia Southwestern at home on Friday, September 12 at University Field. Kick-off is set for 7:00 p.m.