Oct. 16, 2003
Boiling Springs, NC - Florida Atlantic University's men's soccer team evened its record to 6-6-1 overall and improved to 3-1 in the Atlantic Sun with a 6-0 win over Gardner-Webb, Thursday afternoon. Five different Owls scored goals as the team recorded its first shutout and highest scoring game of the season. Freshman Walter Yoder scored his first career goal and assist while freshman Mathew Baum assisted on three goals. Gardner-Webb falls to 7-5 overall and 2-3 in the A-Sun.
"This was an important win for us because we improved our record in the conference," said head coach Kos Donev. "This team was dedicated today and went out and won this game for one of their teammates, Aleksandar Bogojevic [who had season-ending knee surgery]."
FAU started the scoring in the 25th minute. Oerjan Stroeksnes got the Owls on the board with his second goal of the season, which came when Kristoffer Aarskog headed a pass to Bjorn Totland, who touched it to Stroeksness in the box for the easy put-in.
Nearly five minutes later, Totland would set up another goal, this time to Josh Garbee. Garbee received Totland's pass at the top of the box, moved around his defender and ripped a shot into the lower left corner for his sixth goal and 14th point of the year, surpassing his point total from last season.
With four minutes remaining in the first half, Totland would reverse rolls to be on the scoring end. Yoder sent a long ball up the field to Aarskog, who sent the ball from the left side to Totland. Totland put it away from close range for his sixth goal of the season. The assist was Yoder's first career assist.
Garbee started the scoring in the second half in the 52nd minute when Baum passed the ball from the right side and found Garbee wide open in the middle of the box. Garbee's shot sailed to the lower left corner of the net for his first career multi-goal game. Baum's assist was the first of his career.
Baum did not stop there. Four minutes later his cross from the right side was received by Yoder who immediately shot to the left side of the net past Tyler Kettering for his first career goal to make the score 5-0.
But Baum did not stop there. In the 75th minute he passed to Per Kyrk-Astemo who let loose a shot to the lower left side of the net, past the keeper, to finish the scoring. Baum became the second player this season to record three assists in one game as Bjorn Masson recorded three assists in the season opener.
FAU's defense allowed only eight shots on goal the entire game and limited GWU to only two shots in the first half. The defense also held Darnell Carroll, the third leading points scorer in the A-Sun, to no shots. The Owls outshot the Bulldogs 20-8 in the game. Anders Granstad recorded four saves before giving way to freshman Chris Carnaggie for his first collegiate appearance. Aarskog increased his conference leading point total to 22 with two assists. Before the game, Kettering was second in the A-Sun in goals-against average.
FAU returns to action against Campbell on Saturday, October 18 at 7 pm. FAU returns home Thursday, October 23, to play against Lipscomb at 8 pm, in the second game of a double-header with the women's soccer team. 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.