Oct. 16, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Florida Atlantic University's men's soccer traveled to South Carolina for the team's first meeting against the Gamecocks on Wednesday evening. The Owls lost the match 2-1, recording their second loss this season.
Ronald Garcia-Hernandez led FAU's offense recording a game-tying goal in the first period. However, overall South Carolina led a strong offensive attack, tallying 22 shots versus FAU's seven, leading to its eventual win over FAU.
In the first 15 minutes of play, South Carolina attempted three shots and a header however, two saves by FAU's goalkeeper Theo Jamilloux kept the Gamecocks from scoring. In the 25th minute, a foul on FAU resulted in a penalty kick by South Carolina that resulted in its first goal of the game.
FAU quickly responded as Ryan Price stole the ball just inside the box. Price passed the ball to Garcia-Hernandez who provided the game-tying goal with a low, hard drive.
In the remaining 20 minutes of the first period, FAU failed to gain any offensive opportunities. South Carolina attempted four more shots and a header but were unable to take back its lead, leaving the contest tied 1-1 at the half.
The Owls' defense held the Gamecocks at a tie until the final four minutes of the match. During the first 15 minutes of the second period, FAU was credited with a save on a header and a block while Jamilloux saved two shot attempts. Price attempted FAU's only shot in the first thirty minutes of the second period.
At the 84th minute, Jason Garcia had a shot blocked which led to Garcia-Hernandez taking a corner kick that allowed Price to attempt to shoot again. The shot was also blocked as the Owls struggled to score before the end of the period.
South Carolina earned the game-winning goal in the 86th minute and despite a final shot attempt by FAU's Ramin Rahemi, the Gamecockers claimed victory, 2-1.
Prior to the match, FAU and South Carolina were tied in the conference with four points each. The Owls are now 1-2-1 in Conference USA play and 6-2-2 overall as they prepare for their second conference road match at New Mexico on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. Live stats will be available at www.fausports.com.