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.
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