Sept. 14, 2002
BOCA RATON, FL - The momentum of scoring seven goals in their last game failed to carry over as the Florida Atlantic men's soccer team was defeated by in-state rival Florida International 4-1 Saturday evening. Kristoffer Aarskog was one of the few bright spots as he scored his second goal of the season to avoid the shutout.
"The first half and second half were day and night," said Head Coach Kos Donev. "Every scouting report we got said they were the best 0-4 team in the country. In the first half we did not apply the type and amount of pressure that we're trying to train in and apply to teams. Second we were pressing and were always a second or two seconds late when we had the ball.
"In the second half we came in and starting doing things more as a team and we were more alert, more focused on particular plays. And the second half was a matter of us getting in there and showing that we can play for 45 minutes."
With 16 minutes remaining in the game, Aarskog took a pass from Bjorn Totland and rifled a shot past goal keeper Shawn Crowe to spoil the shutout. Totland recorded his fifth assist on the season for the team lead. Minutes later the duo had another attacking chance but the pass from Totland was just long for Aarskog, who could not control it, and was scooped up immediately for the save.
Ten minutes into the game the Golden Panthers started their attack as Billy Boswell sent a cross pass from the right side of the field to Matias Asorey, who quickly one-timed the shot past keeper Anders Granstad for his first goal of the game. Midway through the first half Alavaro Aservi dribbled through commotion in the box to put the ball past Granstad again to make it 2-0. Minutes later off a FAU foul, Oscar Gil served a ball to the head of Allen Handy who hit it across the box into the back of the net to run the score to 3-0. Asorey struck again with 20 minutes remaining in the game as he took a pass again from Boswell to go two-on-one with Granstad. Asorey won the battle by striking the ball just past the junior keepers hands to finish the scoring at 4-0.
The score might have been a lot more had it not been for keeper Grandstad and his four crucial saves. Each of his saves came off of either a one-on-one or a three-on-two situation in which he kept his composure and made a beautiful save.
The Florida Atlantic's record now falls to 1-3-1 while FIU goes to 1-4. The Owls play their next game Thursday, September 19th at home versus conference opponent Stetson University at 7:30 pm at FAU Field.