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FGCU Blanks UNF; Extends A-Sun Home Win Streak to 15 Games
|FGCU||66:10||DeSOUSA, Felipe (CRESPO, Federico )|
|FGCU||85:54||CASTELLON, Juan (PENAGOS, Henry )|
|Stats at a Glance||UNF-M||FGCU|
|Shots (on Goal)||3 (1)||21 (14)|
FORT MYERS, Fla. – A pair of second half goals by freshman Felipe DeSousa (Vila Velha, Brazil/Wharton HS-FL) and sophomore Juan Castellon (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Royal Palm Beach HS) proved to be more than enough scoring, as the FGCU men’s soccer team finished off a strong weekend with a 2-0 shutout win against a defensive-minded North Florida side on Sunday at the FGCU Soccer Complex.
The shutout is the second in three days for the Eagles, who extend their Atlantic Sun home win streak to 15 games with the win. FGCU now stands at 5-5-2 overall and 2-1-1 in the A-Sun with four league games remaining. The loss is the eighth in a row for UNF (3-10, 0-4 A-Sun), as the Green and Blue are 6-0 all-time against the Ospreys.
Returning from a two-game suspension after receiving his second red card of the season in the team’s A-Sun opener at Northern Kentucky, DeSousa’s game-winner was his team-high third goal of the year, while Castellon’s tally put FGCU’s goal differential against UNF in their six meetings at 23-2.
FGCU controlled the ball the entire game, dominating the time of possession en route to a 21-3 advantage in shots and 12-1 edge in corner kicks. UNF’s defensive approach paid off in the first half thanks to the strong play of its keeper Brad Sienkiewicz, who made eight saves in the opening 45 minutes to keep the score tied 0-0.
The Ospreys went a man down in the 49th minute when Teddy Mulamba was whistled for his second yellow card of the game.
Still playing against a packed-in defensive strategy by the Ospreys, DeSousa was able to break through the defense when he one-touched a nice through-ball from sophomore Federico Crespo (Heredia, Costa Rica/St. Paul College/Universidad Latina) over Sienkiewicz with his right foot inside of five yards. DeSousa’s goal came on FGCU’s 13th shot of the game.
Playing with a 1-0 lead, the Eagles came up with an insurance goal at the 85:54 mark. Sophomore Henry Penagos (Margate, Fla./American Heritage School of Boca/Delray) found Castellon streaking down the left side with a step on the defender. Castellon converted on his 1v1 opportunity with the goalie, chipping a shot over the diving attempt by Sienkiewicz to send a slow roller into the right side for a 2-0 lead.
Sophomore keeper Nathan Ingham (Ontario, Canada/Keswick HS) was forced to make just one save on the day, as the youthful FGCU defense of all underclassmen picked up its fourth shutout of the game.
During its current 15-game A-Sun home win streak, FGCU has posted 10 shutouts and out-scored its opponents 47-8.
FGCU will continue A-Sun play on Thursday, October 18, when it travels to the northern part of the state to face Jacksonville. Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m. with live video and stats available at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com. Updates can also be found on the team’s official twitter page (@FGCU_MSoccer).