PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's soccer team started 2013 on a high note after a hard-fought 1-0 victory over West Florida on Friday evening. The Lions benefitted from a Matt Campbell header goal that served as the difference-maker in the triumph.
After a scoreless first half, the Lions (1-0) began to push the ball further into Argonaut territory beginning the second stanza. The Lions benefitted from an Argo foul in the Saint Leo offensive third that allowed Michael Panter to push a free kick into the box which was headed home by Campbell in the 63rd minute.
The Green and Gold withheld the final barrage of shots from the Argos who played the final 10 minutes with just nine players after back-to-back red cards were shown to UWF.
The Lions outshot their hosts in the match 10-7 and put five shots toward goal, including Campbell's scoreboard spinner. The Saint Leo back line held West Florida (0-1) to just two attempts on net.
Saint Leo goalkeeper Manuel Schoenhuber opened up his second season with a clean sheet, racking up his seventh career shutout.
The Lions will use Saturday to rest before returning to the UWF Soccer Complex to face Delta State. Kickoff is slated for 1:30 p.m. EDT in Pensacola.
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