No. 14 FGCU Falls to FAU in Season Opener
|Florida Gulf Coast||1||0||1|
|FGCU||25:26||KOSHKO, Jonathan (PORTILLO, Josey )|
|Stats at a Glance||FAU||FGCU|
|Shots (on Goal)||6 (4)||19 (7)|
FORT MYERS, Fla. – A pair of second half goals by FAU proved to be the difference as the No. 14 FGCU men’s soccer team dropped its season-opening contest against the visiting Owls, 3-1, in front of a strong crowd of 1,050 at the newly-renovated FGCU Soccer Complex on Friday evening.
The Eagles dropped to 0-1 on the young season while FAU moved to 1-0 with the opening victory. Additionally, the Owls improved to 3-2 in the all-time series while FGCU fell to 3-2 all-time in season openers.
FAU found the back of the net early, capitalizing on a defensive miscue just outside the box in the 11th minute when forward Darnell King tallied the first of his two goals on the night by burying a shot into the right side net.
Leveling the game at 1-1 in the 26th minute, the Green and Blue sent one past the FAU keeper as redshirt senior midfielder Jonathan Koshko (New Port Richey, Fla./Mitchell HS) fired a shot from 20 yards out which caromed off an FAU defender into the left side of the net. The goal was the seventh of Koshko’s career.
Heading to the intermission the game remained tied at a goal apiece with the Eagles holding a 10-2 lead in the shot differential.
FGCU found another scoring opportunity early in the second half when a shot by junior defenseman Deion Jones (Tampa, Fla./Freedom HS) ricocheted of the crossbar in the 47th minute of the game.
The Owls would tack on two more goals in the second half of the contest. Following a diving save from senior goalkeeper Adam Glick (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley HS), the deflection trickled toward the lower right corner of the goal and was put home by FAU’s Lukas Simons in the 49th minute. The final tally of the evening was recorded in the 66th minute when King netted his second goal to give the Owls the 3-1 lead.
The Eagles outshot the Owls, 19-6, on the night and held a 6-3 advantage on the corner kick battle. Glick finished the night with one save while FAU’s Jeremy Crumpton was forced to make six saves on the night.
FGCU will now load up for a west coast trip to take part in the Nike Portland Invitational. The Green and Blue will square off against host Portland on Friday, Sept. 2 at 10 p.m. ET, before taking the field with Washington on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 3 p.m. ET.
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