September 16, 2011

No.16 Men’s Soccer Nipped by No.2 Rollins in Double OT Thriller

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's soccer team (4-1) suffered their first defeat of the 2011 season as they fell in double overtime by the score 2-1 to No.2 Rollins, Friday evening in front of a raucous crowd a University Field.

A 1-1 game at the halftime break, Saint Leo and Rollins fought through a scoreless next 45 minutes en route to sudden death overtime. With neither team able to find the winning touch in the first OT period, the Tars managed to dent the scoreboard in the 105th minute to claim the Sunshine State Conference showdown.

It was Rollins who converted the first goal of the contest as Matt Bauchle sent a header past the Lions' keeper to put the Tars up 1-0.  Saint Leo did not trail for long, however, as Aaron Gendreau answered with a blast of his own exactly one minute later in the 23rd.

With the 'White-Out' crowd in frenzy, Saint Leo continued to press on the offensive end, but did not convert on multiple near miss opportunities. In fact, the exciting second half saw a total of 13 shots, none of which found the back of the net.

A plethora of chances in the first overtime period put the Lions' faithful on the edge of their seats,  but it was not to be as Rollins'  Bauchle connected on their second header of the contest off of one of the teams nine corner chances.

The goal put the Lions in the loss column for the first time in 2011.

In net, Keneil Baker kept the Tars perfect with a three save victory, despite conceding his first goal of the 2011 season. On the other side, McKenzey Scott picked-up his first loss of the season, falling to 4-1.

Overall, the offensive minded Lions collected 15 shots. However, Rollins did hold a 9-1 advantage in corners. The two teams combined for 28 fouls.

The Lions will look to get back on track on Friday September 23, when they travel to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. to battle the Nova Southeastern Sharks. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. For the latest news, information, and updates on the men's soccer team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.