After a full two weeks off between games, the Stetson men's soccer team returns to the field on Saturday, September 22 to host Florida International at 6:00 p.m. The Hatters are coming off their first win of the season, while the Panthers have built a healthy 5-1-1 record through the early part of 2012.
Florida International began the season with five straight victories, which included four road tilts. The Panthers topped Atlantic Sun Conference members North Florida and Jacksonville during the stretch before losing their first game to Furman at home last Friday. FIU then tied Missouri-Kansas City 1-1 on Sunday. Quentin Albrecht leads the Panthers with six goals on the season, while Nicolas Rodriguez and Lyle Lindquist have each tallied three assists in 2012.
Stetson picked up its first win of the season in its first contest at home in 2012. The Hatters defeated A-Sun foe Jacksonville by a score of 2-0 on September 7. Senior Kai Eckenrode scored the first goal of game, and of Stetson's season, putting the ball into the back of the net after a couple of missed shots by his teammates. Senior Luis Ocejo then finished off a pretty run of passes in the second half to give the Hatters a 2-0 lead it did not relinquish.
FIU has had Stetson's number since the all-time series between the two teams began back in 1975. The Panthers lead the Hatters 20-3-0, including last year's 3-2 double overtime victory over Stetson in Miami.
Fans that can't make it out to the Stetson Athletics Training Center on Saturday, can follow along with in-game Twitter updates at @StetsonMSoccer. Live stats will also be available on GoHatters.com, and live video will be streamed on HatterVision.