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Men's Soccer Defeats Gardner-Webb 4-0

Oct. 16, 2004

Box Score

BOCA RATON, FL - Two goals in the first four minutes of the second half propelled the Florida Atlantic University men's soccer team to a 4-0 victory over Gardner-Webb in Atlantic Sun Conference action on Saturday evening.

Senior Kristoffer Aarskog finished with two goals and an assist and senior Bjorn Totland and freshman Robert Bloom also scored for the Owls (6-2, 3-1).

FAU dominated the first half of the contest, outshooting the Bulldogs (2-12, 0-6) 18-5, but could not find the back of the net. Gardner-Webb goalkeeper Tyler Kettering, who leads the NCAA in saves, made several key stops to keep the game scoreless heading into halftime.

The Owls would take only 1:48 of the second half to finally open the scoring. Totland displayed some great skill on the right wing before delivering a cross to Aarskog with the outside of his left foot. Aarskog brought the ball down, cut back inside, and ripped a shot past Kettering from 10 yards out.

Just over a minute later it was 2-0. Aarskog took a long ball from Owls goalkeeper Anders Granstad, beat a defender, and then provided Bloom with an easy finish.

Even without starting senior midfielder Gustavo Alencar (ankle), the Owls were in full flow offensively and Totland made it 3-0 in the 57th minute with a superb lob of Kettering from 25 yards out.

Aarskog then completed the scoring in the 75th minute when he tapped in at the far post after a low cross from senior Rustin Kluge on the right.

The Owls out-shot the Bulldogs, who really didn't have a clear-cut chance all night, 31-9 and forced 12 saves from Kettering, many from point-blank range.

FAU will head up to Nashville next week to take on Belmont on Thursday and Lipscomb on Saturday. Two wins in Tennessee will put the Owls well on their way to clinching a spot in the A-Sun tournament with only two conference games remaining.



NOTES: Freshman back-up goalkeeper Helgi Helgason saw action for the first time in almost a month.
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