Lions Soccer Squads Roar Into the NCAA Tournaments as Cross Country Teams Win SSC Titles

November 12, 2014

The Saint Leo University Lions men’s and women’s soccer teams have landed berths in their respective NCAA tournaments.

Saint Leo men’s soccer is making a return trip to the post-season tournament after earning a spot in the field of 35 teams for the NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Championship. The 19th-ranked squad (10-3-3) travels to Memphis, TN, to face 13th-ranked Christian Brothers University (12-3-0) on Sunday, November 16, at 1 p.m. CST (2 p.m. EDT) at Signaigo Field.

Saint Leo is tabbed the No. 3 seed out of the South Region in Super Region 2, while Christian Brothers is slotted as the No. 2 seed. The winner faces No. 1 seed Lynn University (15-1-1) at the site of the highest remaining seed out of the Southeast Region portion of Super Region 2.

Saint Leo women’s soccer earned its sixth trip to the NCAA Division II Soccer Championship when the field of 48 teams was recently announced. The 17th-ranked club (12-5-0) is tabbed as the No. 6 seed in the South Region, and will face No. 3 seed North Alabama (14-3-1) on Friday, November 14, at 3 p.m. at Barry University’s Buccaneer Field. The winner advances to play Barry (11-1-3) on Sunday, November 16, at 1 p.m. at the same venue.

Saint Leo last earned an NCAA tournament berth in 2011, capping a string of five NCAA appearances in the span of six seasons.

Congratulations to both teams, and Go Lions!

In other Saint Leo sports-related news, the men’s cross country team is ranked the No. 1 team in the South according to the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll. Not to be outdone, the women’s cross country team has also earned the No.1 spot in the final USTFCCCA poll of the season.

The men’s team recently captured the program’s first Sunshine State Conference championship title, and, with a near photo-finish, the women’s squad matched their male counterparts, winning the program’s first Sunshine State Conference title. The feat marks the first time in program history that the women have earned the top ranking. The previous program-best was a No. 2 ranking on September 30 of the season.

Congratulations to both teams, and good luck at the NCAA South Regional Championships on November 22.