Men’s Soccer: Owls tie FGCU, drop game to Charlotte this week

Season Winless streak continues after week’s games.


Fairfield defender August Hastings(18) is slide-tackled by Owls freshman forward Oscar Salas (22) during the first half of the Owls 2-1 loss to the Stags on Sept. 6. Photo by Ryan Lynch| Sports Editor

Ryan Lynch and Hans Belot Jr.

Men’s soccer battled Florida Gulf Coast University in a scoreless draw, while falling to Charlotte this week.

With the week’s results, Florida Atlantic fell to 0-10-2 on the season. The team is in the midst of a 20-game winless streak going back to last season. They are 0-18-2 since Oct. 4, 2014.

“We’re not trying to put any pressure on ourselves to end any kind of streak right now,” head soccer coach Kos Donev said. “The main thing for us is to just keep working hard, and if we do that, the result will come to us.”

Here’s what you need to know:

Game One

FAU 0, FGCU 0 (2 OT)

The Owls played Florida Gulf Coast University to a draw Tuesday night, after 90 minutes and two periods of overtime were not enough to separate the two teams.

FGCU (4-4-3) had 12 shots during the game, but were only able to put two on goal. FAU (0-9-2) took four shots, three of which were on goal.

Nine cards were issued during the match, including one red card to Eagles midfielder Miguel Jaime in the 106th minute. Jaime also received a yellow card in the 35th minute.

Senior defender Patrick Darby, junior forward Jason Fitzgerald, senior midfielder Ramon Whittaker, sophomore defender Albion Neziri and senior defender Michael Quinn all received cards for FAU. The ref also issued a card to the team in the 87th minute.

Forward Rielee Mohsin received the only other card for the Eagles, a yellow in the 58th minute.

FGCU goalie Nathan Ingham had three saves, while Owls junior goalie Phillip Hitpass had two. Both goalies recorded a shutout.

Game Two:

Charlotte 2, FAU 0
The Owls gave up a goal via penalty kick and another goal on the counter attack late Friday night to fall to the Charlotte 49ers 2-0.

Both teams played conservatively throughout the game, combining for just four shots in the first half. FAU took three, while Charlotte had one.
With 10 minutes remaining and overtime looming, sophomore defender Albion Nehziri committed a foul in the box.

49ers senior forward Kyle Parker calmly converted the penalty kick, and four minutes later, added a second goal to close out the game.

“We prepared well against this team. It’s a very good team in our conference,” Donev said. “In the final third, we did not have players quickly enough to get in the attack to put in the final pass.”

49ers goalkeeper Austin Pack had two saves in the shutout effort, while junior goalkeeper Phillip Hitpass made seven saves to keep the Owls tied with the 49ers until the first goal.

“Philip certainly played a very good game today. He was one of the main reasons why we were alive in this game,” Donev said. “That’s what a goalkeeper is supposed to be doing”.

The Owls gave up only one shot to the 49ers by halftime, but surrendered 10 shots in the second half.

Charlotte improved its record to 5-4-3 (3-0-1 C-USA) with the win, while FAU fell to 0-10-2 with the loss.

The Owls will host Marshall (4-7-0, 0-4-0 C-USA) on Monday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.

Ryan Lynch is the Sports editor of the University Press. For tips regarding this or other articles, he can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter.