SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men’s soccer team (3-4, 0-1 SSC) fell 1-0 in defeat to the Rollins Tars (8-0-1, 1-0 SSC) in a game marred by multiple delays and strange occurrences in a Sunshine State Conference battle, Saturday evening form University Field.
For the second straight contest, SLU could not muster enough offense to stay with its opponent, falling in shutout out fashion. Tars forward J.D. Gruenewald supplied the lone goal on the night, as his 41st-minute tally gave the Tars the lead which held for the eventual victory.
After more than an hour-and-a-half delay, both teams entered the field looking to press on the offensive end. Rollins put pressure on the Saint Leo defenders but could never muster a close scoring chance until late in the first half. The Green & Gold also mounted chances against the Tars’ keeper, but could not convert on multiple near misses.
But, with four minutes to play in the second half, Rollins struck with the only goal of the game. After a Tars’ shot was deflected back to the left side of the 18-yard box, Gruenewald managed to scoop up the loose ball and slot his shot into the lower left part of the net to give the visitors a 1-0 lead going into the half.
Out of the break SLU refused to let up, pressing the Tars’ defense as often as possible. The Tars’ defensive unit did not break though as the Lions’ could not penetrate the opposing goal. A late flurry by Saint Leo, gave way to an area-wide power outage with four minutes to play in regulation. Upon restart, the Green & Gold’s last offensive rally fell just short, as they dropped their first SSC contest of the season.
SLU out-shot the Tars 12-10 on the evening and registered seven corner kicks compared to the Tars four.
Lions’ goalkeeper Erik Mozzo, was handed his second consecutive tough-luck loss, as he fell to 3-4 on the season. He compiled three saves on 10 shot attempts in 90 minutes worth of action.
The Lions will look to get back on the winning-track on Tuesday, September 29 as they continue SSC play in St. Petersburg, Fla. where they will take on the Tritons of Eckerd College.