Eagles Fall to Stetson 2-1, Finish Third in A-Sun
Sunday, November 01, 2009 | by Caleb Baker
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DELAND, Fla. – Heading into the weekend, the Florida Gulf Coast University men’s soccer team was still in pursuit of the A-Sun Regular Season Title. However, Campbell’s win over Jacksonville on Saturday earned the Camels the A-Sun Regular Season Title outright. Sunday’s match with Stetson then became a battle for second place overall in the conference.

The Eagles fell behind on the scoreboard in the 28th minute, when Stetson’s Fredrik Brustad sent a header past FGCU goalkeeper Matthew Smith (Cape Canaveral, Fla.) following the corner kick delivery from Gonzalo De Mujica.

The Hatters would extend the lead to 2-0 in the 81st minute, when Kevin Munz delivered a left-footed, line drive shot past Smith into the lower right corner of the goal on an assist from Fredrik Brustad.

The Eagles, refusing to be shut out, would send a ball to the back of the net in the 89th minute, as Freshman Alexei Reyes (Dallas, Texas) recorded his first collegiate goal and moved the game to 2-1 as the game neared completion.

With only seconds left in the game, FGCU would not be able to get another shot past the Stetson keeper and the game came to a close with the Eagles behind 2-1 on the scoreboard.

With the loss, FGCU finishes the season with an overall record of 8-7-1 and an A-Sun record of 6-3-0. Stetson improves to 12-3-2 overall with a 6-2-1 A-Sun record.

Also, with the win, Stetson picks up three points in the conference standings, which moves them past FGCU, into second place overall with a total of 19. The Eagles finish the season with 18 points in the conference, good for third place in the standings.

“We didn’t play our best tonight and Stetson did well with their limited chances,” said FGCU head coach Bob Butehorn following the game.

The Eagles finished the night with 20 shots, six shots on goal, and eight corner kicks. Smith recorded a lone save in the outing.

Stetson recorded only seven shots in the match, with three shots on goal, and a pair of corners.

“I’m disappointed with today’s outcome,” commented Butehorn. “However, I’m pleased with our growth and development as a team this season.”

With no players graduating from team, the Eagles will look to build upon the accomplishments of the 2009 season as they head into next year’s campaign.

Conference Standings:
School              A-Sun   Pts.   Overall
Campbell          7-1-1    22      8-8-1
Stetson             6-2-1    19     12-3-2
FGCU                6-3-0    18      8-7-1
ETSU                4-4-1    13      5-8-3
UNF                  4-4-1    13      4-11-1
Mercer              4-5-0    12      5-10-2
Lipscomb          3-4-2    11      6-9-3
Jacksonville       3-6-0     9      5-11-1
USC Upstate      2-5-2     8      5-9-2
Belmont            2-6-0     6      3-12-1