SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's soccer team (6-6, 3-4 SSC) dropped a 3-1 decision to the Florida Tech Panthers (7-3-3, 2-3-2 SSC) in non-conference action on Wednesday night at University Field.
The Panthers took the lead in the 25th minute when a corner kick taken by Gary Ogilvie was inadvertently punched into the Lions' own goal by keeper Manuel Schoenhuber giving Florida Tech a 1-0 lead.
The Lions controlled most of the first half, tallying five shots compared to the Panthers' one, but Florida Tech keeper Mitch Thorn was able to save the Lions' two shots on goal in this first period.
Nearly the first 20 minutes of the second half were quiet, but the Panthers made some noise when a shot from Drake Hillman found the back of the net after a double assist from Antione Aupiais and Yannis Pele extended the Saint Leo deficit to two.
That deficit was stretched to three when Aupiais hooked a ball into the upper right corner of the net past a stunned Shoenhuber, sealing the win for the Panthers.
The Lions showed some life in the 88th minute, however, when Aaron Gendreau connected on his third goal of the season.
The Lions totaled 11 shots in the match compared to the Panthers' 6, but five of the six Saint Leo shots on goal were saved by Thorn. Shoenhuber moves his record to 6-6 on the season.
The men's soccer team gets back on the pitch again on Saturday in another non-conference matchup against Lynn University. Kickoff it set for 5:00 p.m.
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