Saint Leo notebook: Men's soccer suffers first loss of season
ST. LEO - In a key, early-season Sunshine State Conference match, the No. 16 Saint Leo men's soccer team finally broke through to score against No. 2 Rollins, but ultimately lost 2-1 in double overtime at University Field. Rollins (4-0, 1-0 SSC) scored the game's first goal in the 22nd minute, as Matt Barchle found the net with a header, assisted by Sean Maleknia. Exactly one minute later, Saint Leo (4-1, 0-1) responded with its first goal against the Tars in four matches. Aaron Gendreau scored his fifth of the year, off a pass by Bruno Da Silva. Barchle scored the game-winner in double-overtime to continue the Tars' success against the Lions. Saint Leo had lost to the Tars 1-0 three consecutive times before Friday.The Lions are off until Friday when they resume SSC play at Nova Southeastern. HOT START: The women's soccer team is off to a 5-0 start, and will look for a sixth win to begin the season today at 4 p.m. against Lynn in its SSC opener at Boca Raton. Saint Leo has scored four or more goals in four of the five matches. Pia Soesemann leads the Lions with eight goals and 18 points. Dari Alcantara has seven goals and 15 points, and Cassie Barbaresi has six assists and 10 points. The next home match is Wednesday night against Florida Tech. QUICK WORK: The women's volleyball team moved to 2-0 in SSC play with a 3-0 win against Florida Tech (25-19, 25-21, 25-15) Friday night on campus. The Lions (6-3, 2-0) were led by Meghan Donovan, who hit .500 with 11 kills. Alexa Reed had 21 assists and a team-high three service aces. As a team Saint Leo hit .294 and held the Panthers to a .096 attack percentage. Saint Leo has now won three straight since losing back-to-back matches in the North Alabama Classic. The Lions are back in action today at home against West Florida in a non-conference match. The next SSC match is Friday at Tampa.
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