The St. Thomas Aquinas College men's soccer team, ranked #4 in the East Region by the NCAA, dropped a 4-1 East Coast Conference decision at LIU Post. The Spartans saw their win streak snapped at six games, slipping to 9-3-1 overall and 5-2 in the ECC, with Post improving to 9-4, 5-2.
In the battle of two of the three ECC squads battling for first place (with Mercy being the other), a scoreless first half was broken late when Luke Kasulke's well-placed shot from 30 yards out hit the net at 40:21 with the hosts outshooting STAC by a 7-4 count in the first half. That lead expanded quickly with two goals in a span of just 42 seconds early in the second half.
Paul Hein's header at 53:31 made the score 2-0, and Lukas Ostermann added his 17th of the season at 54:13 to put STAC in a deep hole. They showed life with a quick response as Lachlan Wilkinson converted just 25 seconds later for his fourth of the campaign. Any hope for a late comeback was dashed on Ostermann's second of the season at 77:04, as LIU Post outshot their visitors by an 11-7 total on the afternoon.
The Spartans play their regular-season home finale on Saturday, October 20, celebrating Senior Day at Spartan Field with a 1:00 pm start against the University of the District of Columbia in a big ECC contest. With two conference games remaining, STAC is in a three-way tie for second in the conference and remains in position to clinch one of the four berths for the ECC Tournament.