Rowdies Defeat Saint Leo University 2-1
The Tampa Bay Rowdies won their third straight game on Saturday night, defeating Saint Leo University 2-1 at Mitchell Fields. An early goal in the first half by midfielder Luke Mulholland put the Rowdies up 1-0, while second half substitute Devin Del Do doubled the lead in the 49th minute. The Lions would cut the lead to one in the 70th minute after a defensive error from the Rowdies. A late push from the Lions would prove to be unsuccessful, as the Rowdies would hold on for the 2-1 win.
The NASL side had several dangerous headers in the first 10 minutes thanks to some great crossing by Mulholland and midfielder Raphael Cox. The Rowdies pressure would pay off, as in the 12th minute Campbell found Mulholland in open space, who smashed his strike in the upper right corner from 25 yards out.
Forward Georgi Hristov was close to doubling the lead in the 22nd minute having his shot saved by Saint Leo’s goalkeeper Manuel Schoenhuber. Mulholland continued to be the Rowdies main offensive threat with multiple chances before the half came to an end.
Minutes into the second half, Del Do scored what would be a decisive goal for the Rowdies. The forward received a great through ball from midfielder Kyle Clinton, finding himself one-on-one with the Lions goalkeeper at the top of the box. Del Do would place his kick in the bottom left corner of the net to make it 2-0.
After the second goal, the NASL Champions continued to dominate the match but they would be unable to extend their lead. In what was one of the only dangerous chances that Saint Leo would have in the match, Lions forward Josh Davis capitalized on a Rowdies defensive mistake scoring the final goal of the night.
Having cut the lead in half, the Lions looked to equalize off counter attacks and crosses into the box. The Rowdies continued to play intelligently in the final minutes of play, keeping possession and not letting Saint Leo create any dangerous chances.
Rowdies: Luke Mulholland - 12th minute (assisted by Stuart Campbell)
Rowdies: Devin Del Do - 49th minute (assisted by Kyle Clinton)
Saint Leo: Josh Davis - 70th minute
Saint Leo: Schoenhuber; Tapper, Lavie, Panter, Da Silva; Blanchette, Otterstedt, Herrera, Bosch; Lontrato, Davis
Rowdies: Fontein (Restrepo 60'); Sanfilippo, Needham (Scott 70'), Yamada (Blackwood 70'), Cox (R) (Gafa 75'); Mulholland (Ambersley 75'), Campbell (Cox (J) 75'), Clinton (Hill 60'), Savage (Arango 45'); Walker (Del Do 45'), Hristov