RICHMOND, Va. – In their opening contest at the Richmond Classic, the FGCU men’s soccer used every last second of the double overtime match with host VCU to earn a 2-1 victory on Saturday evening in Richmond, Va. Senior Matthew O’Shaughnessy scored at 109:59 mark on a 60-yard free kick to claim victory in sudden death fashion.
In victory, the Eagles improve to 2-0 on the season while VCU drops to 0-1 this year. The win marks the first time FGCU has opened a season with back-to-back victories.
“Facing another quality opponent in their home opener, this was another tough game for our team,” said FGCU head coach Bob Butehorn. “Coming off the win at USF, their high pressure and energy showed that VCU had scouted us well and they were really gunning for us. Although we didn’t play our best overall game, I’m still proud of the guys for coming away with the victory.”
Competing in their first contest of 2010, VCU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the 16th minute of play. Registering the team’s first goal of the season, Yoram Mwila found the back of the net from nine yards out following an entry pass to the front of the net by Jake Van Yahres from the left side of the pitch.
Coming off a one goal, one assist season opener at No. 13 USF on Wednesday, sophomore Deion Jones evened the game in the 40th minute off a free kick. After a foul on VCU, Jones connected on a set piece from 30 yards out and buried a shot past VCU keeper Josh Pantazelos to the lower left post.
With the game level at one apiece the teams headed to the intermission with VCU holding a slight 9-7 advantage in the shot tally.
In a more physical second half that saw three yellow cards (two on VCU), the schools played a scoreless 45 minutes to send the game to its first overtime. At the end of regulation play, VCU claimed a six-shot advantage with the count at 16-10.
The Eagles came out firing in the first extra frame, recording the opening five shots of the period. However, the Blue and Green would prove unable to send a shot past the VCU keeper, moving the contest to the second stage of overtime.
As time drew to a close in the second overtime, a foul by VCU allowed FGCU a free kick opportunity with just under 10 seconds left to play. With the ball laying just past midfield, O’Shaughnessy fired the shot of his life from nearly 60 yards out and, as the goalkeeper stepped forward to defend the play, the ball whizzed beyond him into upper ninety of the far post at the 109:59 mark, securing the 2-1 victory for the Eagles.
The last second goal was the latest goal scored in FGCU's four-year history, and secured the first double overtime win for the young program.
Redshirt junior keeper Adam Glick played the entire 110 minute match to pick up his 16th career victory in net, deflecting six shots from the VCU attack.
Also playing every minute in net, Pantazelos blocked five shots and allowed both goals for VCU, to pick up the loss.
Holding on to a 12-6 corner kick advantage, VCU also claimed the shot battle over the Eagles, 19-16.
The second of the Eagles’ pair of contests at the Richmond Classic is set for Monday at 12 p.m. against the Old Dominion Monarchs. ODU used a penalty kick with 23 minutes left in the match to earn a 1-0 victory over Coastal Carolina in the first contest on Saturday evening. ODU dominated the match, outshooting Coastal Carolina, 12-2.
FGCU improves to 1-0 all-time against VCU and CAA opponents … sophomore Deion Jones brought his point total to five on the year with a goal … Jones becomes the first FGCU player to record goals in back-to-back outings to open a season … the win marks the first time FGCU has opened a season with back-to-back victories … senior Matthew O'Shughnessy scored in the final second at the 109:59 mark ... three cards (all yellows) were handed out in the match … redshirt junior Adam Glick picked up his 16th career win in net … first double overtime win in program history ... FGCU holds an all-time record of 4-2-4 in overtime matches (1-0-4 in double OT).