Sept. 26, 2003
Miami, FL - Florida Atlantic University's men's soccer team was defeated by James Madison University 3-2 Friday evening in the first game of the Florida International University Soccer Classic. The Owls scored two first half goals but could not hold onto the lead as the Dukes scored three goals in the second half. Bjorn Totland scored his fifth goal of the season and Josh Garbee scored his second.
FAU (3-4-1) started the scoring in the 10th minute of play off of a free kick. Totland set up and struck the ball into the upper right corner, over the keeper for the 1-0 lead. Twenty-five minutes later the Owls would strike again. Garbee maneuvered around his defender and ripped a shot to the left side of the goal, past the diving keeper to increase the lead to 2-0.
JMU (5-2-0) would strike back early in the second half. Owl's keeper Anders Granstad saved a shot from a Duke's forward only to have it rebound to Max Lacy in front of the net. Lacy immediately put the ball into the net to cut the lead by one.
FAU held the lead until the 71st minute when Bob Overton crossed the ball to Danny Sheridan on the far post and put the ball in net to tie the score at 2-2. Lacy would score the game-winner eight minutes later off of a Duke's corner kick.
JMU outshot FAU 10-8 while Granstad recorded two saves on goal. This is the second meeting between the two teams. The Dukes defeated FAU 1-0 at the 2001 FIU/Umbro Soccer Classic.
FAU will return to action at 12:30 pm against Cal-State Fullerton on Sunday, September 28 in the third game of the FIU Soccer 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.