Eagles Break Camels Back, Move into First Place in A-Sun
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s soccer team handed the Campbell Camels their first conference loss in almost two years during a 4-0 win on Saturday night at the FGCU Soccer Complex. Campbell’s conference unbeaten streak ends at 18 as the Eagles jump into the top spot in the A-Sun standings. Before Saturday’s loss to FGCU the Camels had not lost in A-Sun regular season competition since Oct. 13, 2007 at Lipscomb. Since that setback, the Camels were 16-0-2 in their last 18 league outings, which was the longest such streak among 203 Division I members.
With the win, the Eagles improve to 8-6-1 (6-2 A-Sun) while the Camel’s fall to 6-8-1 (5-1-1 A-Sun).
Junior Matt Smith (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) earned the win and the shutout in goal for the Green and Blue recording two saves.
FGCU notched their first goal of the game as junior Jonathan Koshko (New Port Richey, Fla.) slammed home a penalty kick shortly after a Campbell defender was whistled for throwing down sophomore Josey Portillo (Metairie, La.) inside the box. The goal marked Koshko’s second in as many games.
Just eight minutes later, the Eagles struck again as Jonathan Hohn (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) crossed the ball from the left side of the box finding freshman Jelani Smith (Mississauga, Canada), who blasted a shot past Campbell keeper Ted Awana.
Coming off the bench, junior Caleb Lynch (Merritt Island, Fla.) proved to be a spark plug for the Eagles netting two second half goals. Lynch’s first goal came 14 minutes into the second half, when he found himself alone with the keeper after receiving a perfect feed from Andres Navas (Miami, Fla.) and buried his shot past a diving Awana.
Lynch put the final nail in the coffin with just over five minutes remaining as he and Navas connected once again. Dribbling down the right side, Navas crossed the ball into the box finding Lynch who one-timed it off his head extending the Eagles lead to 4-0 and an eventual shutout.
The Eagles wrap up their 2009 campaign with A-Sun Conference title aspirations on the line as they travel to Deland, Fla. to battle A-Sun foe Stetson. The match is slated for next Sunday, November 1 at 7 p.m.
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