Flagler continues strong defense, great offense

By Jeremy Petty | gargoyle@flagler.edu

Flagler Colleges men’s soccer team completed their 13th game on Thursday night when they pounded Saint Xavier, 7-1. Zach Shanahan scored twice for the Saints, while 5 different players contributed to Flagler’s high goal total.

It’s beginning to look like another promising season for the Saints, with its defense playing a major role in their victories. The one goal given up on Thursday’s match was just the 12th goal allowed. However, the stat looks a little odd when realizing that Flagler has shutout opponents eight times out of its 13 total games. Seven of their goals were given up in three games against Rollins, Lander and Lynn.

The Saints continued their dedication towards tough defense once again on Saturday night, as they blanked USC Aiken, winning 1-0. The shutouts are easily noticed on the stat sheet, but credit must also be given to the offense for putting up crooked numbers on the board. They have consistently pressed the opposing defense and have the results to prove it. The seven-goal effort against Saint Xavier is their highest scoring game of the season. Earlier in September, they scored 14 goals during a four game win streak.

There are only three games left for the Saints to perfect their team play before starting the Peachbelt Conference Tournament. The win on Saturday against USC Aiken assured them home field advantage for the first game of the tournament, which starts on Nov. 1.

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