Eight home matches — including the Saint Leo Invitational in the first weekend of September — highlight the Saint Leo University’s men’s soccer team’s schedule for the 2016 season.
Saint Leo opens the year with an exhibition game against Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) on Aug. 20. The regular season begins with the four-team Saint Leo Invitational from Sept. 2 through Sept. 4.
Following the Saint Leo Invitational, the Lions host the U.S. U17 men’s national team for an exhibition game on Sept. 10.
Saint Leo then opens the conference portion of their schedule on Sept. 14, when the team faces Eckerd College in St. Petersburg.
“As our summer winds down, our coaching staff is beginning to finalize our roster, which contains new and returning young, hardworking players from Florida, Japan, South America, and Europe,” head coach Keith Fulk said, in a release.
“We believe that this season will be filled with great effort, enthusiasm and enjoyment. We are looking forward to taking our program to next level,” Fulk adds.
Saint Leo returns 11 players from last year’s squad, which finished with a 10-7-1 record (5-2-1 in the Sunshine State Conference) and reached the NCAA Regional Second Round.
The 2016 Sunshine State Conference tournament will begin on Nov. 1.