Lions Fight Through Adversity, Upend Catawba, 4-1
SALISBURY, N.C. – The Saint Leo men's soccer team (4-0) overcame a man down disadvantage to turn back the Catawba College Indians, 4-1, Sunday afternoon from Frock Field. In a match that featured 35 fouls and 10 cautions, the Lions competed a man down for the final 62 minutes of the game to earn the hard-fought win. Each of the cautions occurred in the first 45 minutes of the game.
Gendreau opened the scoring when he received a volley in from Herrera on the left edge of the box which he deflected in the upper right to gain the 1-0 lead.
The Lions' sophomore found the net again in the 22nd-minute when he caught an in stride through ball from Herrera. Gendreau turned up field and buried home the team's second goal, the eventual game-winner.
However, Catawba's Domhnall Minogue cut the lead in half, 2-1, with a penalty kick conversion in the 23rd-minute.
Still, amid the cautions and the expulsion of one player, the Lions held to the 2-1 lead moving into the halftime break.
The second half did not feature many whistles, but an aggressive Saint Leo bunch still managed to force the offensive issue, even a man down.
Penalties during the 70th and 86th minute saw Saint Leo put the game out of reach as Purkiss and Herrera used a pair of penalty kick conversions to put the Lions up by the eventual final, 4-1.
In net, McKenzey Scott improved to 4-0 on the season, collecting four saves.
In total, the Lions outshot the Indians, 18-10, but trailed Catawba in the corner kick department, 5-0.
The Lions have scored at least three goals in their first four games of the season.
The Lions now await defending national runner-up and No.2-ranked Rollins College as the team opens Sunshine State Conference action on Friday, September 16. Kickoff for the match is set for 7:00 p.m. For the latest news, information, and updates on the men's soccer team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.