Men's Soccer Win Streak Spoiled by Saint Leo on the Road

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications

The Sailfish Men's Soccer Team will be Back in the Action on Friday, October 7th at Rollins College for a 7 pm Kickoff. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins. The Sailfish Men's Soccer Team will be Back in the Action on Friday, October 7th at Rollins College for a 7 pm Kickoff. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins.

Box Score

SAINT LEO, Fla.- The Sailfish men’s soccer team’s recent three match win streak was snapped on Tuesday evening as Saint Leo University jumped out to an early lead and then held off a second-half charge by Palm Beach Atlantic to claim a 4-2 victory. The Lions scored two goals in each half as the Fish fought back to tie the match at 2-2 with two early second-half goals but were shut down the rest of the way for a victory for SLU.

The loss drops PBA to 5-4 on the season with one more match left on the week which will take place on Friday, October 7th in Winter Park, Florida as the Fish will battle nationally-ranked Rollins College at 7 pm.

Both teams presented a number of offensive opportunities on the night but it would be SLU who would take advantage the most despite a 15-15 shots tally for the two sides.

The Lions (6-3) shake off a recent two-match losing streak with the win over the Fish.

Edgar Herrera got the scoring started early for Saint Leo as he collected a loose ball in the box and connected for a score in the 8th minute of the contest. Defender Eishun  Yoshida would follow ten minutes later that would come just under the crossbar for the early SLU lead.

After some halftime adjustments by the PBA coaching staff the Sailfish came out firing in the second-half as freshman Michael Emert cut the SLU lead in half with a goal just three minutes into the second 45 before a handball in the box just four minutes thereafter allowed sophomore Kenny Hogg to collect his team-leading 11th goal of the season to knot the score at 2-2.

Now with momentum on their side the Fish hoped to capitalize and perhaps pull out an improbably come-from-behind win on the rival pitch. Those dreams would be shattered however after back-to-back scores from Joel Purkiss put the Lions on top for good.

The first strike came in the 54th minute, just two minutes after Hogg’s game-tying penalty kick. He would add a second tally in the 80th minute when he delivered a blast past PBA goalkeeper Jonathan Strunk.

Strunk would post one save in the loss while SLU keeper McKenzey Scott would collect five saves.

The Sailfish held the corner kick advantage at 6-2 in the match.

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