Men’s Soccer: Owls fall to Fairfield 2-1

Two unanswered goals late decide game.

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Men’s Soccer: Owls fall to Fairfield 2-1

FAU men’s soccer comes out of the Oxley Center after an hour and a half lighting delay before their game versus Fairfield University on Sept. 6. Ryan Lynch |  Sports Editor

FAU men’s soccer comes out of the Oxley Center after an hour and a half lighting delay before their game versus Fairfield University on Sept. 6. Ryan Lynch | Sports Editor

FAU men’s soccer comes out of the Oxley Center after an hour and a half lighting delay before their game versus Fairfield University on Sept. 6. Ryan Lynch | Sports Editor

FAU men’s soccer comes out of the Oxley Center after an hour and a half lighting delay before their game versus Fairfield University on Sept. 6. Ryan Lynch | Sports Editor

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After opening up the week with a double overtime tie against the Jacksonville University Dolphins on Thursday, men’s soccer (0-2-1) lost to the Fairfield University Stags 2-1 on Sunday.

There were no goals scored by either team in the first half, but FAU and Fairfield (1-2-1) each took six shots during that time.

Fairfield defender August Hastings(18) is slide-tackled by Owls freshman forward Oscar Salas (22) during the first half of Sunday’s game. Photo by Ryan Lynch| Sports Editor

Fairfield defender August Hastings (18) is slide-tackled by Owls freshman forward Oscar Salas (22) during the first half of Sunday’s game. Photo by Ryan Lynch|Sports Editor

The first goal of the game came in the 69th minute, when midfielder Ronald Garcia crossed to junior defender David Adejunmobi on a corner kick. Adejunmobi headed the ball home to give the Owls a 1-0 lead.

The Stags answered back in the 78th minute, when forward Ben Wignall beat FAU junior goalkeeper Josh Nolan to even the score at one.

Junior goalkeeper Josh Nolan punches away a corner from the Owls’ goal box during the team’s 2-1 loss versus Fairfield on Sunday. Nolan had three saves on the day. Photo by Ryan Lynch|Sports Editor

Junior goalkeeper Josh Nolan punches away a corner from the Owls’ goal box during the team’s 2-1 loss versus Fairfield on Sunday. Nolan had three saves on the day. Photo by Ryan Lynch|Sports Editor

Wignall later assisted on the game-winning goal for Fairfield, crossing to forward Justin Lewis in the 82nd minute.

Lewis received a yellow card in the 89th minute to close out the game. Stags goalie Matt Turner made two saves in the winning effort while Nolan made three stops.

Junior defender Owen McCorkle throws the ball in to a teammate during the second half of Sunday’s game versus Fairfield. Photo by Ryan Lynch|Sports Editor

Junior defender Owen McCorkle throws the ball in to a teammate during the second half of Sunday’s game versus Fairfield. Photo by Ryan Lynch|Sports Editor

The team will travel to Illinois next weekend to play Northern Illinois on Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. They play Loyola-Chicago on Sept. 13 at 11 a.m.
Ryan Lynch is the sports editor for the University Press. For tips regarding this or other articles, he can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter.