Men’s soccer continues losing skid


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Ronnesha Rodgers

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North Florida’s men’s soccer (1-8-1 overall) fell to the College of Charleston Cougars(3-5-2 overall) in a 2-1 defeat at Hodges Stadium on Think Pink Night on Oct. 4.

With tonight’s loss, the team has expanded their losing streak to five games.

During the first period, the Ospreys created multiple scoring opportunities despite the Cougar’s strong defense. Unfortunately for UNF, none of their shots were converted to goals in the first half.

Head coach Derek Marinatos described the team’s performance throughout the game.

“I thought we had some good plays in the first half,” Marinatos said. “I think we came out with a lot more fight [during the second half]. I thought we fought to the very end.”

Cougar’s midfielder Jack Nicholson scored the first goal of the night with 15 minutes left in the first period.

At halftime, UNF trailed Charleston 1-0.

After the half, the Cougars were ready to extend their lead just a little bit further. Nicholson again helped the Cougars extend their lead by one more goal after the ball crossed over from the right side finding its way to him then into the goal.

Though the energy was high, only one yellow card issued to a Charleston player the entire night, but neither team received red cards.

Despite having 11 fouls, UNF finally converted one of their 17 shots into a goal.

After a total of eight of the Osprey’s shots were saved, UNF sophomore AJ Williams broke the drought of UNF goals in the 79th minute.

This goal was not only Williams’ first goal of the season but it will also end up being the only one of the night for North Florida.

“I thought we applied a lot of pressure but unfortunately we gave up the second goal otherwise [the game] would have been 1-1 and we would have been going to overtime,” Marinatos said.

In the end, North Florida had nine shots on goals versus Charleston’s five shots but couldn’t capitalize on chances for more points on the board.

The Ospreys will take a 10 day break before returning to conference play to face Lipscomb in Nashville, Tennessee on Oct. 14 at 8 p.m.


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