FORT MYERS, Fla. – Coming off a weekend of solid performances, the FGCU men’s soccer team hits the road for a pair of A-Sun Conference games. The Eagles will take on the Buccaneers of East Tennessee State on Friday at 4 p.m. and against the Spartans of USC Upstate on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The Eagles picked up two victories last weekend, beating Belmont 4-0 in a rain soaked match and Lipscomb 2-1 on a goal in the final minute.
Going into the upcoming matches, FGCU is 5-5-1 on the year with an Atlantic Sun Conference record of 3-1-0.
Series information with ETSU: This is the second meeting between the schools. FGCU Leads 1-0-0
Last meeting: 10/31/2008; FGCU 3, ETSU 0
FGCU scored first to take an early 1-0 lead and never looked back.
In the 44th minute Francesco DiStefano (Kissimee, Fla.) blasted a shot past the keeper and into the back of the net to put FGCU up 1-0.
The Eagles added their second goal of the game in the 73rd minute when Brandon Price (Melbourne Beach, Fla.) drew the keeper out and found a wide open Scott Harrison (Cocoa, Fla.) in front of the net to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
Less than 13 minutes later, Kevin Ante (Miami, Fla.) found a wide open Price, who won a one-on-one with the keeper and smashed a shot into the bottom right corner of the goal, to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead.
FGCU starting keeper Adam Glick (Leola, Pa.) recorded one save in goal for the Eagles and registered his third shutout of the season. FGCU dominated play for most of the night and outshot ETSU 18-4.
Series Information with USC Upstate: This is the third meeting between the schools. FGCU Leads 1-0-1
Last meeting: 11/2/2008; FGCU 2, USC Upstate 2 (2 OT)
Upstate got on the board first, scoring in the 26th minute when Hakeem King put together a combination of passes that resulted in a goal, giving them the 1-0 lead.
FGCU evened the match at 1-1 in the 34th minute. The Eagles were granted a free kick deep in Upstate territory and Scott Harrison (Cocoa, Fla.) put home the header for the game-tying goal.
The teams played the remainder of the half to a scoreless tie and then finished off the majority of the second half with neither team finding the back of the net until a late flurry of offense.
With a little more than five minutes to play in regulation, USC Upstate gained control of the ball and knocked home a shot to give them a 2-1 lead with 5:02 to play in regulation.
Upstate looked to hold on for its second A-Sun win of the year, but FGCU answered with a little less than two minutes to play in regulation when Cristian Raudales (Bradenton, Fla.) found the back of the net to send the game into overtime.
The teams played close in the two overtime periods, but neither squad was able to score and the game ended in a 2-2 tie.
FGCU outshot Upstate 20-9 and won the corner kick battle 5-2. Adam Glick (Leola, Pa.) finished the match with two saves.