Oct. 13, 2002
Boca Raton, FL - Florida Atlantic University gained in the Atlantic Sun men's soccer standings Saturday night as the team exploded for seven goals and shut out Gardner-Webb University 7-0. Fredrick Stenrud and Kristoffer Aarskog each scored two goals for the Owls.
FAU (5-6-1, 2-3 A-Sun) struck early in the game when Stenrud scored his second goal of the season in the fifth minute of play off of a head pass from Ran Poliker. Five minutes later, Aarskog made a nice run down the sideline into the box where he placed his shot just past the hands of Bulldog keeper Rio Oros into the back of the net to make it 2-0.
The tandem of Stenrud and Poliker would strike again as Poliker passed to a wide open Stenrud in the box, who then dribbled around his defender and struck a low liner just inside the left post to bring the score to 3-0 in the 20th minute. Seven minutes later, Owl keeper Anders Granstad passed the ball 50 yards in the air to the feet of Aarskog, who then immediately made his run on goal, beating his defender and striking the ball for the goal.
Poliker would be on the scoring side five minutes later, when he headed in a Josh Garbee corner kick for his third goal of the season and a 5-0 lead at the half.
The Florida Atlantic defense kept Gardner-Webb (0-7-3, 0-1-1 A-Sun) out of its zone for most of the first half as they allowed only two shots on goal. Granstad saved six shots total in the game before giving way to Alex Figuero with 17 minutes to play to preserve the shutout. The Owls out shot the Bulldogs 30-10 and led in corner kicks 6-1.
The Bulldogs ran into some trouble in the 61st minute when a shot by David Rutherford was accidently redirected by one of its defense men into the back of the net for an own goal, to make the score 6-0. Mauricio Andrade finished the Owl scoring binge in the 64th minute when he scored his second goal in as many days to give FAU the 7-0 win.
Florida Atlantic University embarks on a two-game road trip beginning Friday, October 18th, as the Owls take on conference opponent Mercer University. The Owls will be looking for redemption from its 4-0 loss to the Bears last year in the conference tournament. FAU then turns to Atlanta, GA. on Sunday, October 20th, to take on another conference opponent, Georgia State.