ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The seventh-ranked Saint Leo men's soccer team has done its part to set up an epic regular season-ending showdown against the nation's number one team as the Lions defeated Eckerd College 1-0 in Sunshine State Conference action on Wednesday night.
The win means that the Lions (12-1-1, 6-0-1 SSC) will welcome No. 1 Rollins into University Field on Saturday night for a top-10 showdown with the Tars. Much is on the line in the 7:30 p.m. game as the winner will claim the SSC Regular Season Championship and the top seed in the conference tournament the following week. In addition, the winner could earn the top spot in the South Region with a chance to host that portion of the NCAA Tournament.
As far as the game, Chris Lavie scored the lone goal of the contest as he was the recipient of a line-drive corner kick from Edgar Herrera that skipped through the box and was deposited to the back of the net to send the Lions into halftime with the momentum.
For Lavie, it was his fourth goal of the fall, and Herrera notched his eighth assist of the season.
The Eckerd (4-10-2, 2-5-0 SSC) defense kept the Lions' top offensive weapons, Maximilian Schulze-Geisthovel and Javeim Blanchette, in check this time around after both forwards did damage in the first matchup.
The Tritons pressed Saint Leo's defense in the second half and forced Lions' goalkeeper Manuel Schoenhuber to make a sprawling save by the post in the closing moments.
Schoenhuber made three saves on the night while Eckerd's Toni Virtanen stopped six Saint Leo shots.
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