PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Saint Leo men’s soccer team (5-4-1) fell at the hands of the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish (6-3), Saturday afternoon at a wet Magic Jack Field by the score of 1-0.
Jonathan Glenn led the Lions, ripping four shots on goal and six total shots on the soggy afternoon. Eusebio Montoya registered two shots on goal, while Daniel Asher and Brandon Whitsett each picked up one shot. Griffin Pharr played extremely well, making four saves on the day. Although the Lions outshot the Sailfish 19-9, including 8-5 shots on goal, the Sailfish still managed to edge the Lions on a deflection goal in the 60th minute of the match.
The Lions and Sailfish played two different styles of soccer, as Saint Leo was meticulous, always looking for the extra pass and force momentum towards the goal, while Palm Beach turned and dumped each possession into the Lions’ zone trying to out-sprint the Lions to the ball. Still, Saint Leo and Palm Beach went back and forth through the early stages of the match, with each team not threatening each others end. The Lions were able to manage one shot on goal but it was scooped up by the Sailfish keeper’ and sent back out, while the Sailfish only managed two. The match remained dead locked at zero heading into interval.
The second half saw the Lions increase the tempo and their chances, registering seven shots on goal during the half. On the opposite side, Palm Beach Atlantic applied steady pressure throughout the half and in the 60th minute broke through on Pharr. Juan Villagrana took a shot just above the box on target with the goal. Unfortunately for the Lions, the ball was deflected at the last moment and redirected passed the Lions’ keeper’ for the only goal of the contest. The Lions responded with a constant attack on the PBA goaltender. Joe Yarchuk upheld the challenge though, stopping each Lion opportunity, including multiple set pieces just outside the 18-yard box.
PBA committed 16 fouls on the afternoon compared to the Lions nine. Saint Leo has only scored only five goals on the road this season, compared to the 16 total goals at University Field, where the Lions are undefeated.
The Lions return to SSC play Friday, October 10 in Winter Park, Fla. against Rollins College. The match is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcasted live on the Saint Leo Athletics AudioCast Network.