Three second half goals, including two in the final 25 minutes, moved Barry’s winning streak to six games, snapping Saint Leo’s three-game winning streak in the process as the Buccaneers defeated the Lions 3-1 on Saturday night at Buccaneer Field.
After a scoreless opening half, the Buccaneers (10-4-1, 4-2-0 SSC) took the lead four minutes after the break as Mark Anderson scored his 14 goals of the season. Anderson picked up a pass at the top of the penalty area, eluded his defender and slid a shot under Lions goalkeeper Erik Mozzo from 12 yards out.
Saint Leo was able to respond in the 63rd minute a shot by Bruce Cutler forcing a corner kick. Cutler’s corner was headed to the top of the penalty area, where Viktor Wicknor controlled and fired a shot that found its way through traffic in the penalty area in into the back of the net.
The Lions (6-7-0, 2-4-0) weren’t on level terms for long, though, as the Buccaneers restored their lead back three minutes later. From a Buccaneers corner, the ball came to Randy Taylor, whose deflected shot from just outside the penalty area made it 2-1.
Barry added an insurance goal with 12 minutes to play as Sascha Koettig bundled the ball home after the Lions failed to clear a long ball into their penalty area.
The Lions have a week before they return to competitive action, travelling to face Nova Southeastern on Saturday at 7 p.m.