Women's soccer team notches upset
ST. LEO - The women's soccer team notched one of the biggest victories in program history this week, beating the top-ranked team in Division II, Florida Tech, 1-0, at University Field on Wednesday. The No. 20 Lions, who are sure to see a boost in that ranking following the victory, got the game-winner from Dari Alcantara, off a corner kick from Cassie Barbaresi in the 58th minute. Barbaresi's kick in the middle of the box was headed in by Alcantara. Goalkeeper Laura Karstens had five key saves to preserve the shutout, which was equally game-winning. Florida Tech outshot Saint Leo 15-7, but Karstens' play preserved the upset victory. Saint Leo is now 7-0, 1-0 in SSC play.They face Alabama-Huntsville in non-conference action on Sunday at noon at University Field. Big night for volleyball team The volleyball team (6-4, 2-0) had a week to prepare for Friday evening's match with No. 2 Tampa, a contest that was not complete at press time. The Lions lost 3-0 to West Florida last Saturday, but remain perfect in conference play with earlier wins against Florida Tech and Nova Southeastern. Saint Leo follows up its big match at Tampa with a match at Rollins today. Tennis teams compete in South Region The men's and women's tennis team won 15 matches on Day 1 of the 2011 USTA/ITA South Region Championships in Valdosta, Ga. The women went 8-3, and the men 7-3. Laura Kemkes, Jeanette MacDonald, Phoebe DiLeo and Maria Benkirane won their matches in straight sets. "It was great to get back on the court and watch the women compete again," said women's tennis coach James Bryce. "We got off to a good start and have 5 girls in the main draw still. I'm particularly happy for Phoebe DiLeo, Emily Singleton, and Maria Benkirane for getting their first wins in a Lions' uniform." On the men's side, No. 12-seed Victor Lozier and 14th-seeded Matt Nicholson-Lewis both won convincingly. Both teams returned to action Friday in Round 2 play, which was not completed at press time. Lions leftovers The men's soccer team (4-1, 0-1) has been off all week but returned to action Friday at Nova Southeastern in a game that was not complete at press time.
Correspondent Bart O'Connell can be reached at [email protected] He can be followed on Twitter @BartOTrib.