Sept. 6, 2007
BOCA RATON, FL - It took an extra session, but the Florida Atlantic University men's soccer team delivered in the clutch to earn their first victory of the season in a 2-1 decision over Stetson at FAU Field Thursday night.
Junior forward Shire Standnes contributed his first goal of the season in the contest's 94th minute, sending a searing header past Stetson goalkeeper Evan White off of a rebound in front of a crowded net.
"It was a typical overtime golden goal," said Head Coach Kos Donev. "It drops into a certain area, and all of a sudden - it's in the back of the net. It was very-well placed on the corner kick (by senior Diego Monsalve), a great group effort."
Standnes returned to the lineup after missing last Sunday's 2-1 loss to Bowling Green, and played with a sense of purpose. The Oslo, Norway native tied for the team lead with three shots, including two on goal.
"He gave the team a bit of a boost," said Donev. "He knows he needs to keep his composure better, and he felt the need to lift up his teammates."
Fellow Norwegian Dag Bjorgum opened the scoring in the first half for the Owls, with Liam Ogle assisting on his first goal of 2007 at 27:06 for a 1-0 FAU lead. The junior forward also added three shots, two of which were on goal.
The Hatters answered in the second half, as two key plays swung the momentum clearly in their favor. Midfielder Kevin Munz tied the game just three minutes in, knocking in a header off a crossing pass from Gabe Shibly.
Soon after, a red card was assessed to sophomore defender Trey McEntee, leaving FAU shorthanded for the duration. Strong play from goalkeeper Phillip Lamarre and the rest of the defense kept the Owls in contention throughout the second half.
Florida Atlantic (1-2-0) next welcomes the UNLV Rebels (0-1-1) to FAU Field this Sunday at 9 a.m. FAU fans can follow the game online via GameTracker at fausports.com.
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