Men's Soccer Hands No. 8 Tampa First Loss of Season

SAINT LEO, Fla. - The Saint Leo University men's soccer team (4-1, 2-1 SSC) handed the No. 8 University of Tampa (4-1-1, 1-1 SSC) their first loss of the season on Wednesday night, beating the Spartans 3-0 at University Field. Four days after the Lions beat Barry in a 1-0 thriller, Keith Fulk's squad was firing on all cylinders in their third conference game of the season, and beat Tampa for the second consecutive year.

In the 41st minute, Javeim Blanchette provided the first strike of the game when he gathered a ball from Josh Davis and snuck it past Tampa goal keeper David Neipel to give the Lions a 1-0 lead going into the half.

Just 15 minutes later, Saint Leo's Edgar Herrera received a beautiful through pass from Frank Bayabanen, beat one defender, and slipped the ball past Neipel to stretch the Lions' lead to 2-0.

Holding a 2-0 lead, the Saint Leo defense remained stifling. Some aggressive play from both teams warranted six yellow cards in a game that saw tension rise as time continued to tick.

Nearing the 90th minute of play, sophomore Sean Mcfarlane added an exclamation point to the night when, with his squad playing a man down, he juked Neipel and gently kicked the ball into the back of the net to seal the win and send the Saint Leo faithful into a frenzy.

Tampa had 13 shots on the night, five of which were on goal. Manuel Schoenhuber had five saves in the match and improved his record to 3-0-1 on the season.

The men's soccer team now travels to Melbourne, Fla. this weekend to face Florida Tech. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.

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