Soccer team ranked No. 6
ST. LEO - The Saint Leo women's soccer team is now 9-0 and ranked No. 6 in Division II after a pair of victories this week. The Lions (9-0, 2-0 Sunshine State Conference) upended Eckerd 2-1 on Thursday, which followed up a 3-1 win last Sunday against Alabama-Huntsville. The No. 6 ranking is the highest in program history, buoyed by their win against Florida Tech last week. Saint Leo has scored a conference-high 35 goals this season, nearly four per game on average, while allowing only nine. The trio of Dari Alcantara, Cassie Barbaresi and Pia Soesemann have keyed the offense. Entering this week they occupied the top three spots on the SSC points scored leader board.The Lions also lead all SSC teams in home attendance. They will look to add to that mark this week when they take on Lynn in a conference match Sunday at 2 p.m. Men drop SSC battle The men's soccer team (5-2, 1-2) lost 2-0 at Eckerd on Wednesday, which places them in a tie for sixth in the conference standings. The Lions, who had their game against Alabama-Huntsville canceled last Sunday, have lost two-of-three entering a match today at West Florida. Wednesday marked the first time all season that Saint Leo had been shut out. They had scored three or more goals in four of their first six games. Saint Leo returns home to face Palm Beach Atlantic on Tuesday, and resumes SSC play next Saturday. Big volleyball weekend Saint Leo is taking on Lynn and Barry in home volleyball matches this weekend at the Bowman Center. The Lynn match was not complete by press time. The Lions (6-6, 2-2 SSC) are trying to stop a three-match skid in which they have lost all nine games played. Despite their struggles, Saint Leo is among four teams tied for third in the conference standings. Five different teams have two losses, with only unbeaten Tampa ahead of them. Today's match against Barry begins at 4 p.m. The Lions will continue conference play next Tuesday, also at home, against Eckerd at 7 p.m. Women's golf impresses The women's golf team, ranked ninth in Division II, finished second in the Marjorie Whitney Invitational this week in Ponte Vedra. Goeun Lee was fourth overall with a 36-hole total of 153.
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