FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU men’s soccer team (1-3-1) gave up two goals midway through the first half and dropped its home-opener to Seattle University, 2-1, Friday night at the FGCU Soccer Complex.
In the 26th minute, soon after being called for an offside violation, Seattle got on the board first as Brandon Hamer scored a goal off an assist from Luis Gamez. The Redhawks would add to their lead with 12 minutes remaining in the half as Demaci Roussos set up Wesley Van Hooser, who knocked in a header to give the Seattle a 2-0 lead.
The action started to get very physical, as the referees handed out four yellow cards in a five-minute span late in the first half. Midway through the second half, the Eagles went a man down when Caleb Lynch (Merritt Island, Fla.) received his second yellow card of the match. However, FGCU would only be a man down for only a short time, as Seattle goalie Emerson DeOliveira received a red card a minute later.
DeOliveira’s card also resulted in a penalty kick chance for the Eagles, but Jordan Jennings stopped Jonathan Koshko’s (New Port Richey, Fla.) attempt to keep the Redhawks shutout intact. However, FGCU was granted another penalty kick chance because Jennings came off the line during the penalty kick, and Manuel Gonzalez (Pompano Beach, Fla.) connected to bring the Eagles within one.
The young Eagles kept the pressure on, earning three corner kick opportunities in a span of 63 seconds, but were unable to capitalize.
Adam Glick (Leola, Pa.) tallied three saves in the loss.
FGCU will be back in action next weekend when they host Holy Cross and Fairfield in the Embassy Suites Classic. The Eagles will take on Holy Cross on Sept. 19 at 7 pm and will face Fairfield on Sept. 21 at 1 pm.