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Men's Soccer Plays to Draw with Valparaiso at Marquette Invite
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – In their second contest at the Marquette Invitational the FGCU men’s soccer team played to a scoreless draw with Valparaiso on Sunday afternoon at Valley Fields in Milwaukee, Wis. Redshirt junior keeper Adam Glick (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley HS) deflected seven shots on goal in the match.
Following the draw, the Eagles move to 2-2-1 on the season while the Crusaders went to 3-0-1 in the 2010 campaign. Valpo was riding a three-game winning streak coming into the contest with wins over UNLV (1-0), UC Riverside (2-1) and Santa Clara (1-0).
"We were unfortunate with our finishing in today's game," said fourth-year head coach Bob Butehorn. "Valpo was a very disciplined defensive squad and made it very difficult for us to break them down."
For the second consecutive contest junior Josey Portillo (Metairie, La./Grace King HS) recorded the game’s first shot, forcing Valpo keeper Kyle Zobeck to make a save in the opening minute of play. The Eagles kept the pressure on by registering the next four shots in the contest, as junior Cristian Raudales (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee HS) and sophomore Andres Navas’ (Miami, Fla./Sunset Senior HS) shots were also saved by Zobeck and another pair of shots were blocked by the Crusader defense.
The Eagles got a couple more chances in the period when sophomore Deion Jones’ (Tampa, Fla./Freedom HS) shot was sent away in the 31st minute and freshman Ryan Price (Melbourne Beach, Fla./Melbourne HS) fired a wide attempt at the net at the 33:11 mark.
As the teams headed to the scoreless break, the Blue and Green held a slight 8-7 advantage in the shot column and the each school claimed three corner kicks apiece.
The Crusaders challenged Glick to three saves in the opening half, while Zobeck tallied four deflections in the frame.
The second half played out much like the first as neither team could send a shot past the opposing net-minder. However, the Eagles would be able to generate seven opportunities in the frame. Shots by Jones and sophomore Jeremy Vollmer (Carmel, Ind./Westfield HS) were sent away by Zobeck and a header just wide of the cage by Raudales in the 83rd minute, proved to be the Eagles’ last chances in regulation.
As the clock hit the 90th minute, the game remained scoreless and the teams moved into the first overtime period with the Eagles claiming the shot total, 15-11, and Valparaiso taking the corner battle, 9-6.
Heading into the extra frame, Glick’s save total had increased to seven while Zobeck had accumulated six saves through the first 90 minutes.
The first overtime saw Valparaiso outshoot FGCU, 4-1, but the period came to a close with neither team breaking the deadlock. The Eagles lone chance opened the frame, as Jones ripped a high shot off his boot at the 91:04 spot on the clock.
To open second overtime period, the Eagles recorded their only scoring chance in the 104th minute with another high shot off the foot of Jones. The Crusaders produced just two scoring opportunities in the period, sending a shot high and a header wide of the net. These would be the final two scoring chances in the match, as the game clock expired with neither team lighting up the scoreboard.
The schools played a level match with each team accumulating 17 shots, but Valparaiso took the corner kick comparison, 10-7.
Neither goalkeeper recorded a save in the overtime minutes, as Glick finished the contest with seven saves and Zobeck wrapped up the match with a total of six.
For their efforts in the weekend contests, Portillo and senior defenseman Matthew O’Shaughnessy (Trinity, Fla./Mitchell HS) were recognized with All-Tournament honors. Portillo fired three shots in each of the two contests for a total of six, while O'Shaughnessy was instrumental in leading the Eagle defense.
MARQUETTE INVITE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Stefan Antonijevic – Valpo
Chadd Sult – Valpo
Kevin Miller – Valpo
Ryan Schwarz - Valpo
Josey Portillo – FGCU
Matthew O’Shaughnessy – FGCU
Amilcar Herrera – MU
Calum Mallace – MU
Eric Pothast – MU
Erik Hurtado – SCU
Brandon Zimmerman – SCU
MVP: Stefan Antonijevic – Valpo
The Eagles will now return home to host the Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic on Thursday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 18. No. 11 Ohio State and USF face off in the opening game of the tournament on Thursday at 5 p.m. while FGCU hosts Drexel at 7:30 p.m. at the FGCU Soccer Complex. USF and Drexel open play on Saturday at 5 p.m. followed by FGCU and No. 11 Ohio State in a Saturday night matchup at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for the 2010 Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic can be purchased through the FGCU Ticket Office in Alico Arena either in person or by phone at (239) 590-7145. Tickets are also available at www.FGCUathletics.com/tickets.