Kyle Crouse scored a pair of goals in the first half as Palm Beach Atlantic made Saint Leo pay for a flat performance with a 3-1 victory at University Field on Friday evening.
Crouse opened the scoring for the Sailfish (4-1-0) in the 15th minute, driving home a shot after being put through by teammate Matt Crumb.
Crouse then seized upon a chance with less than a minute remaining in the half, as a free kick into the Lions penalty area wasn’t properly cleared, allowing Crouse to fire home from close range.
Saint Leo came out more brightly in the second half, with Sailfish goalkeeper Joe Yurchak making good saves from Daniel Asher and Viktor Wiknor to maintain their two-goal advantage.
That advantage was extended to 3-0 when Johnathon Clark struck in the 63rd minute, beating Saint Leo goalkeeper Erik Mozzo from 20 yards with a direct free kick.
Ruud Van Der Saar pulled a goal back for the Lions with 10 minutes to go, but it wasn’t enough as the Sailfish cruised to victory.