Dan Ingvarsson scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot as No.1 Tampa took a 1-0 victory on the road at Clayton State on Friday night.
The goal came in the 53rd minute after Tampa’s Lister Warren was brought down in the penalty area by Lakers goalkeeper David Cristofoli. Ingvarsson slotted home the penalty for his first goal of the season.
Ingvarsson’s goal was the only one the Spartans would need thanks to an outstanding effort on the defensive end. The Lakers only tested Tampa goalkeeper Ryan Thompson with one shot on goal, as central midfielders Ryan Griffin and Karl Swan, of Tampa Prep and Countryside respectively, controlled the game.
“I thought our commitment to defending tonight was spectacular,” Spartans coach Adrian Bush said. “It was a great win against a very, very good team who we think will be there in the end.”
Tampa continues its weekend road trip with a game against North Georgia on Sunday night. The Saints defeated Nova Southeastern on Friday night 2-0.
"We still have to get better at managing at the end, but it was a great result,” Bush said. “Now we go up against a very good team in North Georgia who beat another team in our conference tonight."