SAINT LEO, Fla. – Backed by a lone first half tally from Frank Bayabanen, the Saint Leo men's soccer team (2-0) nipped the University of West Florida Argonauts (0-1) by the score of 1-0, Saturday evening from University Soccer Field.
On a night that featured 28 fouls and five cautions, it was a 39th minute tally by the freshman Bayabanen that proved to be the difference against the Argos.
The Lions began the contest by controlling the pace of play on the offensive end as they totaled six shots on target after just eight minutes of play. A lull in pressure didn't detour the Lions' confidence, however, as the Lions struck late in the first half.
On the goal, senior Daniel Valdez dashed forward with a swift third man run. After receiving a brilliant pass from Viktor Wikner from the near edge, Bayabanen stepped into the path of the pass from Valdez and proceeded to strike a left-footed, midair blast over the keeper's hands into the top right corner. Saint Leo took the lead and momentum into the halftime break.
Technique gave way to physicality in the second half as all five cautions came over the final 30 minutes. Still, the Lions' defense and timely goalkeeping proved to be the difference as they upheld the 1-0 lead, withstanding a final push from the Argos.
In victory, Saint Leo surrendered 11 corner kicks, while Lions' keeper Manuel Schoenhuber stood out with four saves on 14 West Florida shots.
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