UNF men’s soccer draws 1-1 against FGCU

Joslyn Simmons

UNF is 5-5-1 overall this season and 1-0-1 in the A-Sun. Photo by Joslyn Simmons
UNF is 5-5-1 overall this season and 1-0-1 in the A-Sun.
Photo by Joslyn Simmons

UNF men’s soccer tied 1-1 against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles in double overtime on Oct. 10 at Hodges Stadium. In the second half, the Ospreys would be down a player for the remainder of the game.

Throughout the night, UNF (5-5-1 overall, 1-0-1 A-Sun ) exchanged hard hits and fast plays with FGCU (4-2-1 overall, 2-0-2 A-Sun). Both goals were scored in the first half.

At the 25:20 mark, Osprey junior defender Simen Solstad struck first off a set piece for the player’s second goal of the season. Later in the half at the 27:32 mark, Eagle sophomore Albert Ruiz scored off a penalty kick for another second goal of the season.

UNF Men’s Soccer Head Coach Derek Marinatos said there were missed opportunities for the Ospreys in the first half.

“Well, I thought we were the better team in the first half, and I thought we created enough chances, but I don’t think we were effective with the choices we made in the final third,” Marinatos said. “We could’ve had a couple goals in the first half, and then up one zero off a great set piece. To concede and pick up a yellow card and a PK was disappointing, but it is what it is.”

In the second half, the game would become heated between the two teams. Early in the second half, an Ospreys’ goal would be called back after a penalty. Four FGCU players received yellow cards in the second half.

At the 71:58 mark, Solstad was given a red card and ejected from the game, leaving UNF with 10 men for the rest of regulation and both overtimes. The game would end in a draw.

Next the Ospreys will continue Atlantic Sun competition as they play the Stetson Hatters at Hodges Stadium on Oct. 17.

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