ORLANDO, Fla. – The Stetson men’s soccer team gave up an early penalty kick and couldn’t recover as UCF defeated the Hatters by a score of 2-0 in Orlando on Wednesday night.
“We defended well, but not well enough,” Stetson head coach T. Logan Fleck said. “We gave away something again. We’ve typically been very stingy on goals that we give up, and then come forward and find some good shots on goal. We just came up a bit short on both sides today.”
After back and forth action for most of the first half, UCF’s Romario Williams was able to get loose in the box with a chance at goal with just over 28 minute to play in the period. Stetson’s Chase Rodgers slid in to stop Williams and was called for a handball.
The Knights (2-2-2) were awarded a penalty kick, and it was Williams who stepped up to take it. Finding the lower left corner, Williams beat Stetson goalkeeper Andreas Schnabl to give UCF a 1-0 advantage midway through the first.
The Hatters (1-4-1) fought hard throughout the second half, and held the Knights scoreless until late in the game. UCF was able to find the back of the net when Leon Carby fed a ball through the Stetson defense to a streaking Alex Marotta, who beat Schnabl to the far post giving the Knights a 2-0 lead in the 74th minute.
UCF held on to win their first match against the Hatters in the last three years by a score of 2-0. The two teams tied matches in 2012 and 2011.
“We got some young guys in some key positions, we had a good amount of the ball, but we need to make it happen quicker and get some shots on goal,” Fleck said. “There were also some good services in the box, but there was nobody in there going with enough velocity or commitment to get on the end of it.”
Stetson will conclude its four-game road trip on Sunday, playing at James Madison at 1:00 p.m. The Hatters will finally return home on Sept. 28 to host La Salle at 7:00 p.m.