ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Seventh-ranked Saint Leo has done its part to set up an epic regular season-ending showdown against the nation's number one team as the Lions defeated Eckerd 1-0 in Sunshine State Conference action on Wednesday night.
The win means that the Lions (12-1-1, 6-0-1 SSC) will welcome No. 1 Rollins into University Field on Saturday night for a top-10 showdown with the Tars. In addition, the winner could earn the top spot in the South Region with a chance to host that portion of the NCAA tournament.
As far as the game, Chris Lavie scored the lone goal of the contest as he was the recipient of a line-drive corner kick from Edgar Herrera that skipped through the box and was deposited to the back of the net to send the Lions into halftime with the momentum.
For Lavie, it was his fourth goal of the fall, and Herrera notched his eighth assist of the season.
The Eckerd (4-10-2, 2-5-0 SSC) defense kept the Lions' top offensive weapons, Maximilian Schulze-Geisthovel and Javeim Blanchette, in check this time around after both forwards did damage in the first matchup.
Manuel Schoenhuber made three saves on the night while Eckerd's Toni Virtanen stopped six Saint Leo shots.
No. 2 Young Harris 2, Clayton State 0
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. -– Ilija Ilic and Khurram Shazad each scored goals as No. 2-ranked Young Harris defeated Clayton State 2-0 in a Peach Belt Conference match on Wednesday.
The Mountain Lions won their 12th consecutive match as they improved to 14-1-0 overall and to 8-0-0 in the Peach Belt while the Lakers fell to 10-4-2 and 5-3-1.
Pedro Ozi recorded two saves for Young Harris as he notched his seventh shutout of the campaign. Nick Punter tallied eight saves for the Lakers.