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FGCU Men's Soccer Defeats UNLV in Home Opener
Fort Myers, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast University men's soccer team got back on the winning track by defeating the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels 2-1 in its home opener.
The Eagles improve to 2-1 on the season while the Runnin' Rebels fall to 0-2-1.
The Eagles got on the board first in the ninth minute of the game when Matt O’Shaughnessy (Trinity, Fla) scored his first collegiate goal when he buried a header off a corner into the top left corner of the goal. O’Shaughnessy’s goal was assisted by Matthew Piccoli (Selden, N.Y.).
The Runnin’ Rebels would battle back to tie the game at 1-1 when Ben Haugland received a cross from Peter Rodriguez and beat FGCU keeper, Adam Glick (Leola, Pa.), with a shot that snuck into the top right corner of the goal.
The first period ended with a 1-1 tie going into halftime. FGCU was outshot 7-3 and lost the corner kick battle 4-2 in the first half.
The second half was played fairly even until Glick hit a long ball out of the back that Ben Foerstner (Tampa, Fla.) flicked on to Chris DiNapoli (Palm Harbor, Fla.), who received the pass and beat keeper Calvin Bailey with a 20-yard shot from the top of the box to net his first collegiate goal in the 78th minute and give FGCU the lead. DiNapoli’s goal would prove to be the game-winner as FGCU would survive the Runnin’ Rebels push during the final 11 minutes of the game to win by the final of 2-1.
UNLV’s Bailey tallied one save while Glick notched six stops for FGCU. The Eagles were outshot 10-7 and lost the corner kick battle 8-6. DiNapoli led the Eagles in shots (3) and shots on goal (2).
“Tonight was not a great night soccer wise, but we battled, found a way to win and hopefully learned a lot,” said Head Coach Bob Butehorn. “At this point, as long as we are making progress, we can call it a good night.”
The Eagles will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, Fla. to participate in the FAU Classic. The Eagles meet Georgia State on Sept. 14 at 5 pm and wrap-up competition at the tournament with a game versus Iona on Sept. 16 at 11 am.