November 4, 2013

Herrera and Lavie Sweep SSC Weekly Honors for No. 7 Lions

WINTER PARK, Fla. - Saint Leo University's Edgar Herrera and Chris Lavie have been selected Sunshine State Conference Men's Soccer Players of the Week presented by VALIC.

On the goal-scoring side, Herrera tallied the biggest goal of the No. 7 Lions' season so far by scoring in the 102nd minute in the second overtime against No. 1 Rollins in the final regular-season game to win the SSC regular-season title and No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. Earlier in the week, the Four Oaks, NC native assisted on the game-winner against Eckerd in a 1-0 win to keep the Lions undefeated in conference play.

Serving up the game-winner on his Senior Night, Herrera bookended an eight-year span of family members scoring goals to win conference titles for Saint Leo.  In 2005, Herrera's old brother, Eusebio Montoya, playing in his freshman season, scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to give the Lions a 2-1 victory over top-ranked Lynn University.  That goal helped give Saint Leo the school's first-ever conference championship.

On the defensive side, Lavie scored the game's only goal at Eckerd, while shutting down the Tritons' attack by allowing just five shots. In the season finale against No. 1 Rollins, Lavie anchored the back line that held the Tars to just one shot in each of the overtime periods. The Tars, who had never trailed at any time during the season, were never able to gain a lead against Lavie and company.

Thanks to the win over Rollins, Herrera, Lavie and the rest of the Lions will receive a bye in the first round of the SSC tournament, and will host the remaining semifinal games and the championship match. Saint Leo is set to play the winner of Barry and Florida Southern on November 8 at 7:00 p.m. at University Field.

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