DELAND, Fla. - The Stetson
men's soccer team (1-4-0) scored first, but was undone late, falling to Florida
International (6-1-1) by a score of 2-1 in overtime on Saturday night. Junior Evan Jimmo
scored the lone goal for the Hatters, his first of the season.
Stetson was on the offensive early, forcing FIU goalkeeper
Robin Spiegel to make a save within the first few minutes of play on Jimmo's
first attempt towards net. Senior Jonathan Mendoza then made a valiant effort on goal
in the 11th minute, playing a big touch towards the middle of the
field and striking the ball over Spiegel from about 30 yards out. Unfortunately for the Hatters, it connected
with the cross bar.
Jimmo finally opened the scoring with just 13 minutes to
play in the half, finishing on a left-footed strike on one touch. The junior forward was fed a pass around the
six yard line from sophomore JJ Lofthouse-Smith, who received a ball and
carried it to the end line before playing it back to Jimmo for the score.
The Hatters finished the half with an eight-to-six shot
advantage, and three corner kicks to FIU's two.
Goalkeeper Andreas Schnabl
didn't have to make a single save in the frame, as the Stetson defense was
tight against the Panther attack.
The momentum began to change hands as the second half
started. FIU recorded a couple of
quality chances early, including a one-v-one with Schnabl that the goalkeeper
had to force wide by charging at the Panther, and a clearly open net that was
shot well over the goal by a wide open FIU forward.
The Hatters weren't without their opportunities in the
second half though. Mendoza and senior Kai Eckenrode played a picture perfect give-and-go
down the left side of the field, before the former played a ball back into the
box for Stetson to capitalize on. The
pass rolled through both squads and was eventually cleared by the Panthers.
FIU tied the game with a score in the 60th minute
of play. Colby Burdette and Icaro
DeOliveira put a couple of passes together before finding Gonzalo Frechilla
towards the right side of the box. The
Florida International junior ripped a shot straight into the near upper 90, not
giving Schnabl a chance at the save.
The two teams fought back and forth throughout the rest of
the half, with Stetson's best chance coming off the foot of Eckenrode. After receiving a ball at the top of the box,
the forward turned on a dime and fired a low shot aimed right towards the
corner of the net. Spiegel was able to
just tip it out of play.
Another 13 minutes later and the game went to extra time in
DeLand. With under two minutes remaining
in the first 10 minute overtime period, FIU handed Stetson its first home loss
of the season, as Lyle Lindquist stole the ball from the Hatters and played a
long ball up to Burdette at midfield.
The sophomore carried it all the way to net, beating Schnabl and giving
his Panthers a 2-1 victory.
And evenly played match throughout, Stetson outshot FIU by a
mark of 13-12. The Hatters finished with
just the three corners, while the Panthers added four in the second half for a
total of six. Schnabl tallied just one
save the loss, and Spiegel totaled five in the victory.
Stetson will return to action on Wednesday, September 26, as
the Hatters will play host to Florida Atlantic at 7:00 p.m.
Coach Fleck Interview
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