October 27, 2011

Men’s Soccer Earns Fifth Seed in SSC Tournament; Will Travel to Barry

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Coming off a thrilling double overtime victory over the University of Tampa in their regular season finale, a loss which eliminated the Spartans from postseason consideration, the Saint Leo men's soccer team (9-5-0, 4-4-0 SSC) has landed the fifth seed in the 2011 Sunshine State Conference Tournament, it was announced Thursday evening by league officials.

Saint Leo will challenge fourth-seeded Barry University in Tuesday's quarterfinal round with the winner advancing to play top-seeded Lynn in Friday's semifinal round. Game time for the single elimination contest is set for 7:00 p.m. from Buccaneer Field in Miami Shores, Fla.

Both squads tallied 12 points in the SSC standings, but it was Barry (11-2-3, 3-2-3 SSC) who controlled the regular season matchup as the Buccaneers collected a 6-0 win. Since the setback Saint Leo has won two-straight contests, including consecutive double overtime, shutout victories over Florida Tech and Tampa.  

Barry's Mark Anderson leads the league in scoring with 19 goals, while the Lions' Joel Purkiss and Edgar Herrera have scored seven and five goals, respectively.

The tournament will travel through Boca Raton, however, as top-seeded Lynn will host the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 4, and the championship final on Sunday, Nov. 6.

The top six teams in the SSC regular-season standings earn the opportunity to compete in the SSC Championship.

With a 2-0 win over Barry on Wednesday afternoon, Lynn (12-4, 6-2 SSC) locked up the SSC regular-season championship and the No. 1 seed in the tournament. The Fighting Knights chalked 18 points in conference play and will receive a quarterfinal bye.

Florida Tech (9-5-1, 5-2-1 SSC) downed Eckerd 1-0 in its regular-season finale on Thursday to secure the No. 2 seed and the other quarterfinal bye. The Panthers collected 16 points in league competition.

Rollins (12-3, 5-3 SSC) posted 15 points to take the No. 3 seed. The Tars will host No. 6 Eckerd (9-6-1, 3-4-1 SSC) in a quarterfinal match on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Tritons registered 10 points, which tied with Tampa in the SSC standings. Eckerd won the tiebreaker by virtue of its 1-0 victory over the Spartans in regular-season action. The winner of the tussle between Rollins and Eckerd will advance to face No. 2 Florida Tech in Friday's semifinals.

Times for each match will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

2011 SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE MEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP

Quarterfinals - Tuesday, Nov. 1
No. 6 Eckerd at No. 3 Rollins, 7 p.m.
No. 5 Saint Leo at No. 4 Barry, 7 p.m.

Semifinals - Friday, Nov. 4 (Hosted by Lynn)
No. 3/6 winner vs. No. 2 Florida Tech, Time TBD
No. 4/5 winner vs. No. 1 Lynn, Time TBD

Final - Sunday, Nov. 6 (Hosted by Lynn)
Semifinal Winners, Time TBD