Lions Soccer Squads Advance in NCAA Tournament

November 17, 2014

Over the weekend, the Saint Leo University Lions men’s and women’s soccer teams advanced in their respective NCAA tournaments.

The 19th ranked Saint Leo men’s soccer team (11-3-3) advanced to the third round of the 2014 NCAA Division II Men’s Championship after downing 13th ranked Christian Brothers University (14-3-1), in a penalty kick shootout, 5-4. The two teams were tied 2-2 after 90 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods in the South Regional played on Sunday at Signaigo Field in Memphis, TN.

Senior midfielder Alexander Racca notched the Lion’s first goal on a penalty kick 22 seconds into the second half. Saint Leo took the lead, 2-1, when 6-foot-2-inch-freshman forward Matthias Katerna put it in the back of the net in the 64th minute.

The Lions now will face conference foe Lynn University at Young Harris College in Georgia at a date and time to be determined.

Saint Leo women’s soccer squad breezed past Barry University on two goals in the first half and held on in the second half to stun host Barry University, 2-0 in Sunday’s second round of the 2014 NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Championships at Buccaneer Field.

The Lions got on the board in the 13th minute when sophomore midfielder Genevieve Gignac scored her fifth goal of the season, giving Saint Leo a 1-0 lead. Redshirt freshman forward Katie Waddell converted a well-executed corner kick for the Lion’s second tally to take a 2-0 lead.

With the victory, the 24th ranked Lions improve to 14-5-0 overall. They now advance into the third round for a rematch with Rollins College on Friday, November 21 in Winter Park, FL.

Congratulations to both teams, and Go Lions!