Oct. 21, 2004
NASHVILLE, TN - The Florida Atlantic University men's soccer team improved to 4-1 in the Atlantic Sun Conference with a 1-0 victory over hosts Belmont on Thursday night. The Owls have now won four in a row and seven of their last eight.
"We played well in the first half and controlled the tempo as we like to do," said Owls coach Kos Donev. "Belmont pressured us more in the second half and we didn't deal with it very well, but we got the victory."
FAU started brightly, forcing five saves from Bruins goalkeeper Matt Renfrow in the first 15 minutes. Two of the shots came from senior forward Kristoffer Aarskog, who was held without a point for only the fourth time this season.
On his second shot of the first half, Totland scored his fifth goal, and second game-winning effort of the season.
The Norwegian took a square ball from Kluge at the top of the box, beat one defender, and then placed his shot low into the bottom left-hand corner of Renfrow's net at the 41:50 mark. Kluge's assist was his second of the season.
The second half saw Belmont pile on the pressure in an attempt to get an equalizer. Senior goalkeeper Anders Granstad was up to the task however, producing all six of his game saves in the period to preserve the victory. Grandstad has only allowed two goals in his last 346:30.
UCF defeated Lipscomb 5-0 in Thursday's late game and remain a game ahead of FAU, Georgia State and Mercer. FAU will take on Lipscomb on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. EST.
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