Thursday, September 3, 2009

Colleges: H1N1 symptons cancel Saint Leo women's weekend

Saint Leo has announced both of its women's soccer games this weekend against West Florida and Delta State have been postponed due to sevenal student-athletes who are indicating the symptoms of H1N1 virus.

Both games were scheduled to be played in Pensacola. It is not immediately clear whether either game will be rescheduled.

"Five players from our team have experienced flu-like symptoms" Lions coach Ged O’Connor said. "It's obviously not a good thing to happen to us right now. We need to compete more than anything else, but on the other side, we don't have any other options. These things happen. It's unfortunate, but it's the only thing we can do right now to keep everyone safe.

"We'll take a couple of days off. The good thing is that it will hopefully only last for two or three days and we can get back to practice. We'll do the best that we can, and right now that means staying home and getting everybody well. Hopefully, this won't affect other teams in the future."

This is another setback for the Lions, who are favored to win the Sunshine State Conference. Monday's game against Webber International was cancelled after a sever thunderstorm hit Babson Park.

Now, it appears the Lions will open the season at home to Armstrong Atlantic next Thursday at 7 p.m.

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