Oct. 5, 2002
Boca Raton, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University's men's soccer team came up short against in-state conference rival Central Florida as the team lost 2-1 in overtime Saturday night. Kristoffer Aarskog scored his fifth goal of the season to tie the game and bring it into overtime.
"The game was played and fought among both teams. They had a little better first half, we had a better second half and it could have been won by either of us but it happened that it was won by them," said head coach Kos Donev. "Instead of having to worry about this loss, we need to be able to find a way to survive."
FAU (3-6-1, 0-3 Atlantic Sun) started the game strong as the team made numerous runs on goal where the ball rolled just long. By midway through the half, the Golden Knights (4-4-1, 2-1 A-Sun) had put a full on attack on the Owls defense. Goal keeper Anders Granstad made spectacular save after spectacular save to keep the score at zero and the team in the game.
With 12 minutes remaining in the first half, UCF's Adrien Gessen shot a low liner to the left of the goal but Granstad made a diving save off the fingertips to push the ball off the goal post where the defense cleared the ball away. Minutes later, Juan Pablo Giraudo took a pass from outside the box and flicked the ball immediately at goal. Granstad grabbed the ball out of midair for the save just like the ball was stuck to his fingers.
As time was expiring in the half Granstad made the save of the night as Giraudo went one on one with the keeper and shot the a liner at the goal. Granstad sprawled out and made a diving save to stop the goal and preserve the 0-0 score going into the half.
"He was spectacular," said Donev on the play of Granstad. "In my opinion in the first half, only because we created our own mistakes, he pulled saves out of nowhere that kept us at 0-0. Definitely he protected the game and kept us alive in the first half."
The Owls seemed rejuvenated in the second half as they came out striking and putting pressure on the Golden Knights defense. The two teams battled back and forth until the 69th minute when Brian Malec's shot past Granstad that hit the far post. Gessen took the rebound and did not miss this time as he struck the ball into the back of the net to take the 1-0 lead over FAU.
But in the 74th minute of play, off of a bad clear by the UCF defense, Aarskog blasted a shot from atop the 20 yard box past keeper Ryan McIntosh to tie the game 1-1. Minutes later Mauricio Andrade made a good run down the sideline to the top of the box where he was challenged by McIntosh. Andrade shot the ball on the open net but saw it roll just past the far post out of play to bring the game into overtime.
In overtime, off of a Golden Knights throw in, Xavier Delgado headed the ball to the six yard box where Giraudo would connected with a one-time shot to the back of the net for the win.
The loss ends the Owls two game win streak. Kristoffer Aarskog leads the team with five goals and has scored a goal in three of the last four games.
FAU returns to action Thursday, October 10th at 7:30 pm against conference rival Campbell at FAU Field.
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