With the season on the line and deep into overtime, Saint Leo University (SLU) men’s soccer player Eishun Yoshida came through with his second goal of the year to keep the season alive.
Yoshida found the left corner of the net in the 109th minute to beat Sunshine State Conference (SSC) rival the University of Tampa (UT) 1-0 on Oct. 26. The victory sends the Lions (9-5-0, 4-4 SSC) to the conference tournament and also eliminates the Spartans (3-10-2, 3-4-1 SSC) from postseason play.
SLU got initial pressure in front of the UT net on the game-winning opportunity, but defenders deflected away a shot attempt. The ball bounced toward Yoshida, who buried a shot from 15-yards out that got past the Spartans’ keeper.
The Lions closed out the regular season with back-to-back 1-0 wins in double overtime to beat SSC rivals Florida Tech University and UT.
SLU goalkeeper McKenzey Scott stopped all seven Spartans’ shots on goal to record his ninth win and fourth shutout of the season.
The Lions played against Barry University on Nov. 1, but results were not available by press time.