Winning streak crushed four minutes into game

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The UNF men’s soccer team’s two-game winning streak snapped Oct. 17 when the Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles defeated the Ospreys 7-1.

The Ospreys went down one goal four minutes into the game when a shot was deflected off a UNF defender to score an own-goal. The Eagles scored again less than four minutes later, putting them up 2-0 early into the game.

“We simply didn’t show up to play,” UNF head coach Ray Bunch said. “They played very well and took chances, and they executed exactly the way they needed to.”

The Ospreys cut the lead in half in the ninth minute when junior midfielder and defender Steven Lowenthal headed the ball in the net off of a cross.

The Eagles quickly cut down any form of momentum the Ospreys had when they scored their third and fourth goals. The Ospreys went into the half trailing 4-1.

The second half brought the same lopsidedness in goal production with the Eagles scoring the final three goals. The Ospreys were out-shot 9-6.

“We looked pretty lethargic,” Bunch said. “We have played four matches in the past week, and that may be a factor in our performance. But none-the-less, FGCU played wonderfully well.”

UNF will play Jacksonville University for a point in the SunTrust River City Rumble when it begins a 4-game home stand Oct. 26.

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