Top 10 Roundup
Southern New Hampshire wins again; Saint Leo earns victory
No. 7 Saint Leo 3, Tampa 1
TAMPA, Fla. -- Seventh-ranked Saint Leo picked up another Sunshine State Conference victory behind a 3-1 triumph against Tampa on Tuesday evening. The win marked the Lions' seventh consecutive game without a loss.
The Lions improve to 10-1-1 overall and are 4-0-1 in the SSC while the Spartans drop to 6-5-2 and are 2-4-0 in conference.
Saint Leo got off to an early start as midfielder Javiem Blanchette scored an unassisted goal in the 28th minute.
The host Spartans quickly evened up the score with a Tyler Blackwood goal to knot the game at one as the first half came to a close.
Saint Leo prevailed through the second half upping the score to three. Within ten minutes of the second half whistle, the Lions' Maximilian Schulze-Geisthovel found the back of the net from Edgar Herrera. Josh Davis quickly followed suit with an unassisted goal to put the score at 3-1 in favor of the Green and Gold.
Tampa outshot Saint Leo in both halves 13-7 but was unable to convert the shots into goals behind the outstanding efforts of reigning conference Player of the Week Manuel Schoenhuber.
No. 10 Southern New Hampshire 4, Bentley 1
MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Mohamed Toufik scored a pair of goals as No. 10 Southern New Hampshire defeated Bentley 4-1 in Northeast-10 Tuesday night at Larkin Field. The Penmen won their 13th consecutive game to improve to 13-1 and 11-0 in the NE-10, while the Falcons are now 7-5-1 and 6-4 in the league.
The win clinches at least a share of the Northeast-10 regular season championship for Southern New Hampshire, as well as the top seed in the Northeast-10 Championship. It marks the third regular season title for SNHU, with the others coming in 2008 and 2009.
SNHU opened the scoring in the 33rd minute. Brian Francolini took a pass deep in the box and played it out to Toufik, standing at the top of the box. Toufik took a touch, deked a Bentley defender and fired it from just inside the 18 to give the Penmen the lead. Toufik's second goal came 5:25 before intermission as he headed home a right-to-left corner kick by Miguel Carneiro.
Things got interesting late, as Bentley halved the lead with 7:48 to play on a 25-yard blast from Marty Ryan that made it 2-1. SNHU quickly answered less than a minute later as Pierre Omanga scored his 13th goal of the season to give the hosts a two-goal advantage. He took a touch pass from Carneiro at the top of the box and fired it home. Francolini closed out the scoring with less than a minute left as he took a long pass from Callum Williams and went in uncontested for his third goal of the season.
Dom DiMaggio went the distance in goal for SNHU and did not make a save. Jack Blatchford played the first half in goal for Bentley and made one save before being relieved by Nick Gagnon, who made four saves over the final 45 minutes. SNHU outshot Bentley 23-3 and owned a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.