FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s soccer team opened the 2010 spring season with a 4-1 victory over the United States Under-17 National Team at the FGCU Soccer Complex on Saturday evening in an exhibition match to raise money for Haitian relief. Freshman Andres Navas led the way for the Eagles with a goal and two assists.
“It was a good overall effort by our team in the first exhibition game of the spring. Although we came out a little rusty, I thought the team played well together,” said head coach Bob Butehorn. “More importantly, we are very happy that we were able to raise a small amount to aid the victims of the Haitian earthquake.”
Thanks to the generous contributions of those in attendance, the FGCU men’s soccer team was able to collect $625. All of the donations will be given to Florida Gulf Coast University’s earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.
The Eagles got on the board quickly as they found the back of the net in the fifth minute of the match. Sophomore Josey Portillo (Metairie, La.) fired a shot from the top of the box that was deflected away by the USA goalkeeper. Navas (Miami, Fla.) collected the rebound and sent a shot from the right side of the box into the lower left corner of the goal (1-0).
The Blue and Green would light up the scoreboard yet again in the 14th minute as Navas sent a difficult lead pass under the USA goalie’s outstretched arms and found sophomore Scott Harrison (Cocoa, Fla.), who delivered a shot into the back of the net (2-0).
FGCU would extend the lead to 3-0 in the later minutes of the first half. Junior Jonathan Koshko (New Port Richie, Fla.) weaved through defenders and ripped a shot from just outside the 18 yard box into the lower left corner for an unassisted goal in the 33rd minute.
The US National Team recorded their lone goal of the match just prior to intermission. Midfielder Alejandro Guido would send a shot past FGCU junior goalkeeper Adam Glick (Leola, Pa.) on a penalty kick, following a questionable foul inside the box. The Blue and Green would head into the intermission holding onto a 3-1 advantage.
The second half would play out much slower than the first, with only one team adding to the scoreboard. Navas would register his second assist of the night by sending a lead pass to the left side of the field, finding freshman Westin Vallentine (Spring, Texas) who sent a shot to the lower right corner of the net. This would prove to be the final score of the match, as the Eagles went on to take a 4-1 victory.
FGCU recorded nine shots on goal to go along with four corner kicks. Glick finished the evening with three saves.
The USA National Team finished the night with seven shots on goal, five corner kicks, and three saves.
The Eagles will take the field again on Friday, February 26th at 10 a.m. when they take on Major League Soccer’s D.C. United at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla.