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Eagles Blank Spartans, 4-0
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Florida Gulf Coast University men's soccer team used a two goal performance from Colin Gill and a three goal second half to defeat USC-Upstate Friday night by the score of 4-0.
"It was a good night for us," said Head Coach Bob Butehorn. "We started to put together some things we have been focusing on, and we were opportunistic in the attacking third. I'm happy about how we handled things tonight."
FGCU improves to 7-8-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the A-Sun. Upstate dropped its third consecutive game and falls to 3-12-0 overall and 3-5-0 in the conference.
FGCU scored first to take an early 1-0 lead and never looked back. In the 24th minute after Upstate was whistled for a foul and after three Eagles faked an attempt to put the direct kick in play, Colin Gill (Plant City, Fla.) bent a shot around the Spartan wall of defenders and into the back of the net.
The teams went into halftime with FGCU leading 1-0 despite being outshot 9-3 in the first half. FGCU goalkeeper, Adam Glick (Leola, Pa.), made seven first half saves.
In the second half the team’s battled for over 20 minutes without a score until another Upstate foul created an offensive scoring opportunity for the Eagles. After a yellow card was issued to Upstate, Corey Sheriff (Coral Springs, Fla.) took the free kick and blasted his shot from 28 yards out by the diving Upstate keeper, Jason McCabe, to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead in the 67th minute. The goal was the first of Sheriff‘s collegiate career.
The Eagles would put the game out of reach in the 72nd minute when Alex Cooper (DeLand, Fla.) took control of the ball on the right side of the box and played a shot that was deflected off of a Spartan defender. The ball found the feet of Gill who put the shot into the net for the 3-0 lead. The Eagles added to their lead with two seconds remaining when Ryan Fifi (Port of Spain, Trinidad) lifted a shot over the outstretched arms of the Upstate keeper for the 4-0 final margin. Fifi’s goal was the first of his collegiate career.
FGCU starting keeper Adam Glick recorded seven saves while registering his fourth career shutout. Upstate outshot FGCU 15-10. Upstate had eight corner kicks while FGCU failed to earn one. The game as played very physical throughout as both teams combined for 36 fouls and foul yellow cards.
The Eagles will be back in action Sunday when they travel to Boiling Springs, N.C. to take on Gardner-Webb at 1 p.m.