Lions Fight Through Adversity, Upend Catawba, 4-1

Lions Fight Through Adversity, Upend Catawba, 4-1

SALISBURY, N.C. – The Saint Leo men's soccer team (4-0) overcame a man down disadvantage to turn back the Catawba College Indians, 4-1, Sunday afternoon from Frock Field. In a match that featured 35 fouls and 10 cautions, the Lions competed a man down for the final 62 minutes of the game to earn the hard-fought win. Each of the cautions occurred in the first 45 minutes of the game.

Aaron Gendreau connected on the first two goals of the game, while Edgar Herrera and Joel Purkiss put home a pair of penalty kicks in the second half to solidify the win.

Gendreau opened the scoring when he received a volley in from Herrera on the left edge of the box which he deflected in the upper right to gain the 1-0 lead.

The Lions' sophomore found the net again in the 22nd-minute when he caught an in stride through ball from Herrera. Gendreau turned up field and buried home the team's second goal, the eventual game-winner.

However, Catawba's Domhnall Minogue cut the lead in half, 2-1, with a penalty kick conversion in the 23rd-minute.

Still, amid the cautions and the expulsion of one player, the Lions held to the 2-1 lead moving into the halftime break.

The second half did not feature many whistles, but an aggressive Saint Leo bunch still managed to force the offensive issue, even a man down.

Penalties during the 70th and 86th minute saw Saint Leo put the game out of reach as Purkiss and Herrera used a pair of penalty kick conversions to put the Lions up by the eventual final, 4-1.

In net, McKenzey Scott improved to 4-0 on the season, collecting four saves.

In total, the Lions outshot the Indians, 18-10, but trailed Catawba in the corner kick department, 5-0.

The Lions have scored at least three goals in their first four games of the season.

The Lions now await defending national runner-up and No.2-ranked Rollins College as the team opens Sunshine State Conference action on Friday, September 16. Kickoff for the match is set for 7:00 p.m. For the latest news, information, and updates on the men's soccer team, visit