Sept. 17, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL. - The men's soccer team of Florida Atlantic University stretched its unbeaten streak to three games as they tied no. 16 Florida International University 1-1 Wednesday night. Bjorn Totland scored the game-tying goal, his fourth on the season, as the Owls have gone 2-0-1 in their last three games.
"This was the most intense game that we have played so far this season," said Head Coach Kos Donev. "This was very good for us because when we start our conference games, they will be just as intense. This was probably one of the best teams we will play this season and we showed that we can compete at their high level."
FAU (2-2-1) started aggressive, pushing the Golden Panthers (3-2-1) deep into their zone early in the game. In the 12th minute of play, Josh Garbee sent a cross trough the defense that Kristoffer Aarskog, the Atlantic Sun Offensive Player-of-the-Week, settled and shot point blank at the keeper. FIU keeper Roy Rosenberg punched the shot out for his first save of the night.
But the Owls aggressiveness would hurt them three minutes later when FIU was awarded a penalty kick. Owl keeper Anders Granstad dove to the right side of the net while John Pulido's shot went left into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
FAU would not get down on itself though. Junior captain Gustavo Alencar rallied the team in the 26th minute of play when he dribbled around his defender on the right side of the field and passed to Bjorn Totland at the top of the key. Totland settled the ball and launched a shot that sailed past the keeper toward the near post for his fourth goal of the season and a 1-1 tie.
With time running down in the first half, FAU made a push to take the lead at the half. Freshman Walter Yoder moved the ball past his defender and passes a through ball right by two defenders to Aarskog. Aarskog's shot skirts past the keeper, narrowly missing the far post.
FIU would start the second half aggressive. In the 50th minute, the team's free kick sails into the back of the net, but an offsides call would negate the goal and keep the score tied. Both teams would go back and forth exchanging close calls on the net without a goal.
In the final minute of the second overtime, freshman Jason Poole headed a long pass over the FIU defense to a streaking Jeremi Isaacs. Isaacs beat his man and was one-on-one with the keeper but Rosenberg sprinted out of goal to make his eighth save of the night to preserve the tie. "This game was a tribute to our guys who worked hard and gave up every drop of blood and sweat to play together like a team," said Donev.
FAU outshot the Golden Panthers 16-14 while Granstad recorded six saves on the night.
The FAU men's soccer team travels to Peoria, IL, to play in the Bradley University on Friday, September 20, in the first game of the Bradley Classic. FAU returns home on Friday, October 3 to host Stetson University at 7:30 pm in the team's first conference match of the season. Season ticket packages can still be purchased. Adult packages begin at $21 while individual ticket prices are $4 for adults and $2 for seniors/children. For ticket information, call 866-FAU-OWLS. The men's soccer team will also be hosting the Men's Soccer Alumni Weekend. For more information on the Men's Soccer Alumni Weekend, call the men's soccer office at (561) 297-0162.
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