Anthony Forde scored his 3rd and 4th goals of the season on Thursday night.
Fort Myers, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University men's soccer team earned their second consecutive victory with a 3-0 win over Florida Atlantic on Thursday night. With the win, the Eagles improve to 5-4-1 (1-0-1 A-Sun) while the Owls fall to 4-6.
FGCU scored first to take an early 1-0 lead and never looked back. Trent Anderson (Tampa, Fla.) scored his first collegiate goal in the game's fifth minute on a scramble in front of the net, as the rebound from an initial shot by Matt O'Shaughnessy (Trinity, Fla.) was deflected by teammate Ben Foerstner (Tampa, Fla.) to set up the goal. The score would hold until halftime, as the Eagles outshot the Owls 5-3 in the first half.
In the second period, Anthony Forde (Odessa, Fla.) added his third and fourth goals of the year less than two minutes apart to finish up the game in the 88th and 90th minutes, respectively. Forde’s first goal came after Chris DiNapoli (Palm Harbor, Fla.) slipped Colin Gill (Plant City, Fla.) behind the defense on the left side of the field and Gill pulled to the front of the goal to find Forde for the finish. Forde’s second goal came after Leandro Caputo (Cape Coral, Fla.) slipped DiNapoli behind the defense and DiNapoli cut inside to the front of the goal and found Forde for the score.
FGCU starting keeper Adam Glick (Leola, Pa.) recorded three saves while registering his second consecutive shutout. FGCU outshot FAU 13-10. FGCU had four corner kicks while FAU earned five. The Owls committed 12 fouls and had three yellow cards while the Eagles committed 15 fouls and had two yellow cards.
“It was a good win for us tonight against a team we will likely face a lot in the future,” said Head Coach Bob Butehorn. “Their goalkeeper made a few great saves to keep the game close, but our boys kept pushing and put the game away. We certainly aren't where we want to be quite yet, but we have been moving in the right direction over the last week. We need to keep it going as we head into another conference matchup this weekend.”
The Eagles will be back in action Sunday when they travel to DeLand, Fla. to take on Stetson at 2:00 pm.