November 16, 2013

No. 10 Lions Surrender Shootout Victory to No. 18 West Florida in NCAA Tournament

SAINT LEO, Fla. – In a game that couldn't be decided after 110 minutes of action, the 18th ranked University of West Florida Argonauts claimed a 4-2 shootout victory over the host No. 10 Saint Leo University Lions in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament at a packed University Field on Saturday night.

After the teams fought to a 1-1 draw through 90 minutes of regulation and two 10 minute overtime sessions, the contest reverted to a penalty kick shootout to determine the team that would advance to face Rollins next Friday.

Sending four shooters to the PK circle, the Lions (13-2-2) saw West Florida freshman goalkeeper Fredrik Bruhn correctly snuff out two Saint Leo attempts while all four UWF attempts struck true, with Felipe Oliveira slotting home the deciding penalty to push the Argos into the next round.

A game that unceremoniously ended an amazing season for Saint Leo appeared to have the Lions marked for the next round as the Lions struck for the contest's first tally in the 22nd minute when Maximilian Schulze-Geisthovel picked up a Manuel Schoenhuber clearance and drove it home for the 1-0 lead.

Unfortunate bounces and poor luck for the Lions saw Fernando Silveira answer for UWF (14-4-2) just two minutes later as he received a cross into the box and snuck it behind Schoenhuber to even up the score to its final result.

Closing out his sophomore season, Schoenhuber allowed the one goal and notched two saves while Bruhn made three saves with just the lone goal.

West Florida advances to the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament to face Rollins College in Winter Park next Friday.

The Lions put the final touches on a 2013 campaign that saw the team claim the Sunshine State Conference Regular Season Title and just the program's second bid to the NCAA Tournament.

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