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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Stetson men's soccer team opened up preseason play with a 1-0 victory over Embry-Riddle on Wednesday evening.  Junior Steven Saballos scored the game-winner on an assist from senior Kai Eckenrode.

The Hatters, who open up regular season play at Penn State on August 25, scored in the second half of the exhibition match that ended 10 minutes early due to inclement weather.  The goal came on a short corner where Eckenrode played the ball to Saballos, who finished it in the far upper corner to give Stetson a lead they did not relinquish.

"Overall it was a very good exhibition," Head Coach T. Logan Fleck said.  "It showed some things we are doing very well, and a few things that need improvement before the start of the regular season.  I was very encouraged by our possession play and our ability to create chances throughout the match."

Fleck went on to praise the play of junior Andreas Schnabl, senior Jonathan Mendoza, senior Luis Ocejo, and junior JJ Bostic, but he named Saballos the "Man of the Match." 

Stetson will host Florida Southern in its final exhibition of the summer before opening regular season play on the 25th.  The Hatters will stay on the road, playing at West Virginia (Aug. 27) and Houston Baptist (Sept. 1) before returning to DeLand for the home opener against Jacksonville on September 7. 

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