#5 North Florida
11/15/2013 | Fort Myers, Fla. | Attendance: 476
|UNF||53:12||CAMEJO, Luis Daniel
|Stats at a Glance||UNF||FGCU|
|Shots (on Goal)||6 (2)||11 (2)|
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU Men’s Soccer team (8-7-2, 6-1-1 Atlantic Sun) saw its season come to an end on Friday evening at the hands of the North Florida Ospreys (8-6-3, 2-4-2 A-Sun) who will make their first trip to the A-Sun finals on Sunday at 1 p.m. opposite the Buccaneers of ETSU.
The Eagles gave up the first score of the game when Luis Daniel Camejo received a pass from Alex Morrell in the box and redirected the shot home past a diving Danny George (Safety Harbor, Fla./Countryside HS). The second goal would come in the 81st minute from Pedro Carneiro and would prove to be the game-winner.
“You have to give Derek and his group credit,” head coach Bob Butehorn stated. “They competed, they believed, they fought and they played a good game plan like they did the other night so my hat is off to him. For us right now need to go back and start working on some things. This was experience, we have a lot of young guys and it’s a tough experience but it’s experience.”
Physical is the term to describe the first half of this one. The Eagles controlled the pace of play but a combined 18 fouls called kept either team from maintaining any kind of attack. FGCU would outshoot UNF 4-1 and hold a 2-0 corner kick advantage.
The Eagles’ best chance to score came in the 37th minute when Henry Penagos (Margate, Fla./American Heritage School of Boca/Delray) drove along the end line and served the ball out front to Xavier Silva (Boca Raton, Fla./Lake Forest Academy (Ill.)) who re-directed what appeared to be the go-ahead score. An offside call would come in from the sideline however that would wipe the tally off the scoreboard.
In the second frame, the Eagles continued to push the issue but would ultimately fall behind after a UNF score in the 54th minute. With FGCU unable to answer the Ospreys eventually captured a 2-0 lead with less than 10 minutes to play.
Still trailing 2-0 in the 84th minute, Skylar Wilkes (Tampa, Fla./Newsome HS) let fly a long pass from midfield that found the foot of Penagos who volleyed the shot over his shoulder, over the head of the oncoming goalkeeper and into the back of the net to give the Eagles life.
With time ticking down quickly FGCU found themselves with another golden opportunity on a pass inside the six –yard box that was flailed at by four players in Green and Blue but no attempt was made on net as the ball trickled out of bounds for a corner kick. The Eagles would not get another opportunity and the Ospreys came away with the dramatic 2-1 victory, despite the Eagles defeating UNF just shy of one week ago on the road by the same score.
FGCU will not compete in the conference finals match for the first time since becoming eligible in 2011. The Eagles have claimed each of the last four regular season A-Sun titles and the last two tournament championships before falling on their home field tonight.
The championship match on Sunday will mark the first time since 2009 that the host school will not play for a title on its home turf. The loss snaps a 25-match home winning streak against A-Sun opponents.
Any student of an A-Sun institution will be admitted for free with a valid university I.D. FGCU faculty and staff will be admitted for free as well. Youth ages 14 and under will be admitted for free if they are wearing a soccer jersey or green or blue. Youth tickets will cost $3 while adult tickets will be $6.