RICHMOND, Va. – A pair of goals in the opening 10 minutes proved to be too much to overcome, as the FGCU men’s soccer team fell to Old Dominion, 2-0, in their second competition at the Richmond Classic on Monday afternoon in Richmond, Va.
With the loss, the Eagles moved to 2-1 on the season while the Monarchs improved to 2-0 on the year.
“Giving up the two goals early really affected our game plan,” said fourth-year head coach Bob Butehorn. “I give ODU a lot of credit for finishing the chances we gave them. Our team is definitely looking forward to getting back to the training ground.”
Picked to finish second in the Colonial Athletic Association preseason vote, the Monarchs sent two balls to the back of the net in the opening 10 minutes to take an early 2-0 lead in the contest. In the fourth minute, Chris Harmon scored his first goal of the season for the Monarchs on a shot to the right post from about 10 yards out, off a ball assisted by Asant Gideon and Jordan LeBlanc.
Just a few ticks later, LeBlanc picked up his first goal of the year on a shot from 22 yards out into the top of the net at the 6:46 mark.
The Eagles best opportunity of the first half came when a shot off the boot of sophomore Deion Jones (Tampa, Fla./Freedom HS) was sent away by ODU’s keeper Evan Newton in the 18th minute of play.
The teams headed to the intermission with the Monarchs leading on the scoreboard, 2-0, and in the shot tally, 8-4.
As the second half got underway, the Eagles were able to create more scoring opportunities. Junior Francesco DiStefano (Kissimmee, Fla./Osceola HS) fired three shots at goal, forcing Newton to make a pair of saves. With time winding down in the 88th minute, sophomore Andres Navas (Miami, Fla./Sunset Senior HS) had a shot blocked and another go high, while another from junior Cristian Raudales (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee HS) was sent away by Newton.
In an evenly played second half, both schools sent seven shots towards the goal. However, neither side was able to place one in the back of the net, as Old Dominion sustained their 2-0 advantage.
The Blue and Green totaled 11 shots and six corners, with ODU taking 15 shots and seven corners in the match.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Adam Glick (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley HS) played a full 90 minutes and registered a pair of saves.
Playing just under 87 minutes in the game, ODU’s keeper Newton sent four shots away to pick up the victory in net. Newton was issued a red card at the 86:56 mark for using his hands outside the box.
Three FGCU student-athletes were tabbed with All-Tournament team honors. Scoring the game-winner at 109:59 in the 2-1 double overtime victory over VCU on Saturday, senior Matt O’Shaughnessy (Trinity, Fla./Mitchell HS) earned the post-tournament recognition. Jones concluded the two-day event with four shots, highlighted by the game-tying goal with VCU, and Raudales rounded out the trio of Eagles, shooting three times and putting a pair of shots on goal in the tournament.
2010 Richmond Classic All-Tournament Team
Alberto Fonseca, VCU
C.J. Gehin-Scott, VCU
Chris Harmon, Old Dominion
Deion Jones, Florida Gulf Coast
Jordan LeBlanc, Old Dominion
Yoram Mwila, VCU
Ryan Oakes, Old Dominion
Matthew O’Shaughnessy, Florida Gulf Coast
Justin Portillo, Coastal Carolina
Christian Raudales, Florida Gulf Coast
Adam Roscioli, Old Dominion
Alex Russell, Coastal Carolina
FGCU will now prepare for the upcoming set of games at the Marquette Invitational. The Eagles are set for a matchup with host Marquette on Friday, September 10 at 8:05 p.m., with the second contest slated against Valparaiso on Sunday, September 12 at 3:05 p.m.
FGCU moves to 0-1 all-time against ODU and 1-1 against CAA opponents … 28 fouls were called in the contest (14 apiece) … three cards (2 yellows, 1 red) were handed out in the match