FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University men's soccer team scored a program record seven goals and used a pair of two-goal performances from Francesco DiStefano (Kissimmee, Fla.) and Scott Harrison (Cocoa, Fla.) to defeat North Florida on Friday night by the score of 7-1.
The 7-1 final score gave the young Eagles their largest margin of victory in program history.
"It was a good night for us," said Head Coach Bob Butehorn. "We started to put together some things we have been focusing on. I'm happy about how we handled things tonight."
FGCU improves to 3-8-1 overall and 1-3-0 in the A-Sun. The Ospreys fall to 7-7-0 overall and 3-2-0 in the conference.
FGCU scored first to take an early 1-0 lead and never looked back. In the third minute Harrison blasted a shot that deflected off an UNF defender and into the back of the net.
The Eagles added to their lead less than four minutes later. Jon Hohn (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) was taken down in the box, giving FGCU a penalty kick. Manuel Gonzalez (Pompano Beach, Fla.) stepped up and beat the keeper and gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead with more than 35 minutes remaining in the half.
UNF got on the board at the 8:11 mark, when Steven Lowenthal got behind the defense and snuck a shot past a diving Adam Glick (Leola, Pa.) to cut the FGCU lead down to one.
At the 21:36 mark, DiStefano sent a perfect cross to Harrison, who sent a header past the keeper and into the top left corner of the goal to give the Eagles a 3-1 lead.
FGCU would add to their lead just before halftime when DiStefano knocked a shot past the UNF keeper off a pass from Josey Portillo (Metairie, La.).
The Eagles dominated the second half as they got goals from Cristian Raudales (Bradenton, Fla.), Portillo and Distefano, while shutting down the Osprey offense.
FGCU starting keeper Adam Glick recorded three saves in goal for the Eagles and registered his first A-Sun win of the season. FGCU finished with twice as many shots as the Ospreys as they outshot UNF 19-9.
The Eagles will be back in action Sunday when they host Jacksonville in the second game of a double-header with the women’s soccer team. The match is slated to kick-off at 2 p.m.