SAINT LEO, FL – North Georgia College
& State University never got off the deck Saturday evening in
their season opener, allowing a first half goal before St. Leo
University added two more in the second period to take a 3-0
victory over the Saints in non-conference action.
North Georgia drops their season opener for the fourth consecutive year, falling to 0-1-0 on the season, while St. Leo stays perfect, improving to 2-0 on the young year, outscoring their opponents 10-0 in the process.
The Lions jumped out on top in the 28th minute, taking advantage of a foul in the box as Bruce Cutler converted the penalty kick for a 1-0 lead. St. Leo held a one-goal lead at the half, but wasted little time scoring in the second period as Cutler recorded his second penalty kick of the game, this time in the 59th minute to give the home team a 2-0 lead.
St. Leo put one final goal on the board in the 69th minute. Bobby Huertas notched his fourth goal of the season on a pass from Leonardo Nogueira to give the Lions a 3-0 victory.
Sean Durkan suffered the loss for the Saints in goal, allowing all three goals while recording seven saves. Erik Mozzo picked up the win for the Lions, stopping seven shots to improve to 2-0 on the season.
North Georgia returns to action on Wednesday, September 2, hosting Erskine College for the Saints’ 2009 home opener. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. at the Soccer Complex.