SAINT LEO, Fla. – Behind four unanswered Moccasins' goals, the Saint Leo men's soccer team (7-4-0, 2-3-0 SSC) fell to rival Florida Southern (5-6-1, 2-4-0 SSC), 4-0, Wednesday evening from University Field.
The Sunshine State Conference tilt was a defensive struggle over the first 45 minutes, but Florida Southern wasted no time in cracking the scoreboard in the second half as they posted goals in the 51st, 71st, 84th, and 85th minutes.
Despite outshooting the Mocs 5-1 during the first stanza, the normally potent Lions' offense was held off the scoreboard.
Instead, a relentless Mocs' second half attack saw them grab the breakthrough goal behind the efforts of a Luke Jenner blast in the 51st minute. From there, Zach Hofstetter took over as he solidified his first hat trick of the season over the next 14 minutes to lock down the SSC victory.
In goal, McKenzey Scott dropped to 7-4 on the season behind a four-save effort.
Saint Leo overwhelmed Florida Southern in corners, 11-4, while the Green and Gold also held a 14-13 shot advantage.
The loss snaps the Lions' four-match winning streak over the Mocs, and is the first time the team has been shutout in the series since 1988.
The Lions will return to action on Saturday, October 15 when they travel to Miami Shores, Fla. to battle the Barry University of Buccaneers in Sunshine State Conference action. Opening kick is set for 7:00 p.m. For the latest news, updates, and information on the men's soccer team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.