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Women's soccer suffers first loss

ST. LEO - The No. 5-ranked women's soccer team had its first blemish of the season this week, but it wasn't to a Division II opponent. Lindsey Wilson (10-0-1), the top-ranked team in the NAIA, defeated the Lions 2-1 on Tuesday at University Field. Saint Leo scored the game's first goal, an unassisted long-range shot by Dari Alcantara in the 56th minute. Alcantara leads the Lions with nine goals and is tied for the lead with 21 points. Saint Leo (11-1-1) will travel to Thomas University for a game Sunday before returning to Sunshine State Conference action against Florida Southern on Wednesday at University Field. Only three conference games remain for the Lions.
Men's soccer team gets blown out The men's soccer team (6-11, 2-3 SSC) suffered a 4-0 defeat to Florida Southern this week, and now is tied for sixth in the SSC standings despite outscoring opponents 27-19 this season. The loss snapped the Lions' two-match win streak Today, Saint Leo travels to Barry to face the Buccaneers, before concluding its schedule with SSC games at home against Florida Tech next Saturday, and at Tampa on Oct. 26. Tourney time The volleyball team is in Pensacola this weekend for the Sunshine State Conference-Gulf South Conference crossover tournament. The Lions, who played West Florida on Friday, lost 3-0 to that school on Sept. 17. Saint Leo will play Valdosta State today at 11 a.m., and Alabama-Huntsville on Sunday at 1 p.m. The next home and SSC match is Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Nova Southeastern. Schedules released The men's and women's basketball schedules were released this week. The men's season starts Nov. 5 at Florida Gulf Coast, and the women's season begins Nov. 11 at home against West Florida. The women's schedule includes one tournament — the Florida Southern Classic, Dec. 18-19 in Lakeland — against Alabama-Huntsville and Delta State. The SSC schedule begins on New Year's Eve, a Saturday, at home against Lynn. The men's schedule includes games at Valdosta State, Stetson and New Orleans before the SSC slate begins against Lynn with a co-ed doubleheader on New Year's Eve.

Correspondent Bart O'Connell can be reached at tampasport@gmail.com. He can be reached on Twitter @BartOTrib.
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