FORT MYERS, Fla. – In the 2009 home opener, the FGCU men’s soccer team surrendered a goal in the 87th minute to fall to No. 11 USF Bulls in a closely contested match at the FGCU Soccer Complex on Saturday night.
With the loss, the Eagles fall to 1-1-0 on the season and the Bulls move to 2-0-0 on the year.
“USF played very well,” said head coach Bob Butehorn. “They showed a lot experience and stuck to their game plan. We gave too many restarts up and when that happens, eventually they're going to get a goal. Overall it was a fast exciting soccer game.”
FGCU was able to control the momentum and tempo for the majority of the game and got good looks early in the match. Sophomore Josey Portillo (Metairie, La.) registered the first shot of the game in the fifth minute that went just high of the goal. In the 17th minute, USF recorded their first shot of the night and allowed Junior Matthew Smith (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) to pick up his first save of the night.
Then, in the 21st minute, Portillo lasered one off the crossbar in his second shot attempt in the match.
Through all the excitement of the first half, the Eagles carried the momentum into the second half with a score of 0-0 at intermission.
The second half played much like the first until Javed Muhammad got a free kick at the top right corner of the box and bent the shot to the left of the defensive wall and into the top left corner of the goal in the 87th minute.
The Eagles tallied 10 shots on the night with five shots on goal. Smith recorded four saves.
The Bulls took eight shots with five shots on goal in the match.
The FGCU men’s soccer team hits the road for their next outing against the Owls of Florida Atlantic University on Monday, September 7th at 7pm.