FAU Soccer defeats Barry University 3-0 in final exhibition of year, season starts this Friday


FAU v. Barry [Max Jackson|Photo Editor]

On Sunday Aug. 24, Florida Atlantic’s soccer team cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over Barry University, looking very ready for the new season coming in a week’s time.

The first action of the game came five minutes in, when a Barry University player lashed a thunderous left footed shot which hit the crossbar. Due to the extreme heat, the referee was forced to call for a water break 20 minutes into the game — a break which was welcomed by both teams.

After half an hour of play, Barry University kept their foot on the pedal as they looked to open up the scoreline. After some intricate passing through the Owls’ defense, Barry midfielder Jose Giron took a shot which was safely stopped by FAU keeper Theo Jamilloux.

With eight minutes left to play in the first half, another potentially dangerous play from the visitors came. Barry midfielder Frank Lustig challenged Jamiloux with a well placed free kick, which was saved.

As the first half was coming to a close, center forward Ryan Price benefited from a sleeping Barry University defense, chipping a running ball over the visiting goalkeeper. It was FAU’s very first shot on goal and made the game 1-0 in favor of the Owls.

As the second half started, Barry University enjoyed much of the possession while the Owls were happy to sit back and protect their slim lead. The Owls defended much better than they did in the first half.

The first action for BU in the second half came around the 60th minute, when Lustig received a ball from the top of the box and fired a great shot which fizzled past the post. This would be his last cameo of the game as he was taken off for precautionary measures.

With 23 mins left, FAU offensive midfielder Kevan Haller took full advantage of a miscommunication by the Barry defense, wiggling by their keeper before rolling the ball into an open goal and doubling the Owls’ lead.

Three minutes minutes later, Deniz Bozkurt piled on the visitors misery as he tapped an easy ball past Barry’s goalkeeper and made the score 3-0.

The 2014-2015 season starts Aug. 29 when the Owls take on the University of North Florida on the road.