Columbus, Ohio - The FGCU men's soccer team opened up the 2008 campaign by dropping a heart-breaking 2-1 decision to No. 9 Ohio State Satuday afternoon.
"We moved the ball well, created some great chances and outplayed them for most of the game," said head coach Bob Butehorn. "Our inexperience cost us a couple of goals, and we couldn't find a way to tie it, but we showed very clearly today that this team has the character and talent to achieve our goals. While I'm unhappy with the result, I'm very proud of how we competed."
The Buckeyes (1-0-0) got on the board first in the fifth minute of the game when Tim Gabel scored a goal off a corner kick. FGCU (0-1-0) would answer OSU's goal less than 13 minutes later and tie the score at 1-1, when Francesco DiStefano (Kissimmee, Fla.) scored on a 17 yard strike from the top of the box off a pass from Scott Harrison (Cocoa, Fla.).
In the 27th minute, Ohio State's Danny Irizarryy would give the Buckeyes their second lead of the game by scoring on a penalty kick. The first period ended with Ohio State taking a 2-1 lead going into halftime. FGCU was outshot 10-7 and lost the corner kick battle 3-1 in the first period.
The second period was played a lot tighter as neither team was able to score and combined for only five shots. FGCU has three shots on goal in the period in an attempt to tie the match, but Drew Czekanski stopped them all.
FGCU goalkeeper Adam Glick (Leola, Pa.) and OSU goalkeeper Drew Czekanski tallied six saves apiece. Josey Portillo led the Eagles with three shots.
The Eagles will be back in action Sunday, Aug. 31 when they face Penn State in their second game in the Bert and Iris Wolstein Classic at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus. The game is slated to begin at 12 p.m.