Yesterday the Stetson Soccer Club hosted the Florida Atlantic University Owls, in their final home game of the year. The Owls started the game off quick with a 2nd minute goal, but Stetson responded with a 9th minute goal by Daniel Marulanda, with the assist from Christian Kittle. The Hatters defense, led by Daniel Hoover and Valentine Winkler, frustrated the Owls, forcing them to take hard shots and not letting them have position. In the 25th minute, a solid pass from Karif Otto, led to the second Hatter goal of the afternoon by Itso Belichovski. The Hatters led at halftime 2-1, with all the momentum and confidence. Early in the second half, FAU tied the game, with a goal in the 41st minute. Soon after the quick goal, the Hatters rebounded with a long distance strike by Stephan Farias to give the Hatters a 3-2 lead. After regaining the lead, several bad breaks fell on the Hatters, with some players playing outside the natural positions. The Owls kept pressuring the Hatters, and got rewarded with hard struck goals past the Hatter defense. When the game was over, FAU came out with a 6-3 victory.
Stetson Soccer Club travels to south Florida in two weeks to wrap up their season, with games at Florida Gulf Coast University and Miami University. Stay tuned for more updates about Stetson University’s Club Soccer.