Oct. 8, 2011
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University men's soccer team battled through tough conditions and a quality Western Michigan University squad during Saturday's 1-1 draw at the FAU Soccer Stadium in Boca Raton. The match was the home conference opener for the Owls.
Both teams had to endure rain showers and wind gust up to 30 miles per hour for a majority of the match.
After a scoreless first half, Western Michigan got on the scoreboard in the 55th minute when Kyle Farris found the back of the net following a crossing pass from Oliver Mayer. The scoring opportunity was set up after a defender possessing the ball in the 18-yard box slipped on the wet conditions.
The Owls fought back and evened the match in the 73rd minute when Michael Dunbar sneaked past the last line of WMU defenders following a Timothy Merrigan free kick near midfield. Dunbar finished the header into the lower left corner of the net for his first goal of the season.
FAU had a golden opportunity to win the match with four minutes remaining in the second overtime period. Sophomore Lukas Simons' shot from inside the 18-yard box was stopped by a diving Western Michigan goalkeeper Matt Murrell.
The Broncos held a 20-11 shot advantage for the match, including a 6-1 edge in the two 10-minute overtime sessions. Junior goalkeeper Jeremy Crumpton made 10 saves in net. Andre McCreath, Ramin Rahemi, Deniz Bozkurt and Dunbar each tallied two shots to pace a balanced FAU offensive attack.
FAU stands 5-5-2 on the season and 0-2-1 in the Mid-American Conference. The visiting Broncos are 4-7-1 overall and 0-1-1 in league play. The Owls return to the pitch on Sunday, October 23 when it travels to Northern Illinois University.