FGCU Plays Drexel to 1-1 Draw in Home Opener
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Redshirt junior Adam Glick’s (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley HS) diving save on a Drexel penalty in the 107th minute of double-overtime helped FGCU fend off a heart-breaking loss and hold on for a 1-1 tie against the visiting Dragons Thursday night during the Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic.
The tie evens the Eagles’ record at 2-2-2 on the young season, while Drexel remains unbeaten at 4-0-1.
“The save by Adam was obviously huge. We played so hard and held a late lead and if we would have let that slip away it would have been heartbreaking,” said head coach Bob Butehorn. “It was a very physical game, but I’m proud of the number of quality scoring chances we created. We just have to finish them.”
The scoring chances came by the bundles, as the Eagles held a 21-12 edge in shots and 12-7 advantage in corner kicks for the game.
After an opening 45 minutes in which neither team converted on their 11 combined shots, FGCU started to build momentum in the second half with some early pressure. Junior midfielder Josey Portillo (Metairie, La./Grace King HS) gave the Eagles their first scoring chance at the 50:52 mark when his shot headed for the upper left corner of the net was turned away by the out-stretched hands of Drexel keeper Pentti Pussinen.
Just seven minutes later the continuous FGCU pressure paid off when freshman Donavan Henry (Parkland, Fla./Stoneman Douglas HS) was fouled in the box after beating a pair of Dragon defenders down the left side of the field. Junior Cristian Raudales (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee HS) stepped in to take the penalty kick and calmly drilled a low shot into the left side of the net to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
Over the next 20 minutes, FGCU was unable to tally an insurance goal and watched its lead slip away when Drexel’s Anthony Bafile bent a free kick from outside the right portion of the goal box into the far upper corner of the net past a diving Glick. Bafile’s goal was his second of the year and knotted the game at 1-1 with just 10 minutes left in regulation.
Neither team threatened in the final ten minutes of the second half, as the Eagles entered into their second straight overtime contest.
The overtime periods were Glick’s time to shine, as he made four of his five saves in the game in the extra 20 minutes. Glick turned away two shots in the first overtime and two more in the second, none bigger than the penalty kick stop on Nathan Page, Drexel’s second leading scorer.
FGCU will be back in action at the Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic on Saturday at the FGCU Soccer Complex when it takes on No. 5 Ohio State (4-1) at 7:30 p.m. The Buckeyes suffered their first loss of the season in the day’s first game, falling to No. 24 USF, 2-1. USF (3-1-1) will now battle Drexel (4-0-1) in Saturday’s opening game at 5 p.m.
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