Oct. 31, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Florida Atlantic University men’s soccer team (6-5-2, 1-5-1 C-USA) was held scoreless giving up a 6-0 loss to the Charlotte 49ers (7-5-3, 2-3-2 C-USA) on Wednesday night.
The Owls fell behind early in the first period as the 49ers gained control of the ball just outside the box in the 14th-minute and dribbled through the defense to beat goalkeeper Theo Jamilloux. Charlotte limited FAU’s opportunity to gain territory in the game as it took 33-minutes of play before leading scorer Ryan Price recorded the team’s first shot of the match.
In FAU’s second attempt to find the back of the net, Juavanie Cole fired a shot inside that was blocked but created a corner kick opportunity in the 36th-minute taken by Ronald Garcia-Hernandez. Charlotte was able to clear the ball without threat. Nearly five-minutes later, Charlotte collected its second goal dribbling past FAU.
Already leading 2-0 at the half, the 49ers offense in the second period ensured the Owls defeat. After four minutes back on the pitch, Charlotte captured the ball and from the sideline, crossed it into the box and past Jamilloux taking a three-point lead. FAU struggled to attempt a come-back as the clock ran for 10-minutes before Price tallied his second shot attempt, saved by Charlotte’s goalkeeper. Charlotte retaliated quickly, taking the ball down the left side of the field and plowing a shot across the box for their fourth goal of the night.
Shortly after in the 62nd-minute, Charlotte was awarded a penalty kick from a foul on FAU that was converted pushing the score to 5-0. Following a shot attempt by FAU’s Jason Fitzgerald, the 49ers capitalized once more on their opportunity on the ball scoring a header off a high, crossed pass. With 25-minutes remaining, FAU’s offense could not break through Charlotte’s defense, as the Owls recorded their second shutout loss of the season.
Overall, FAU trailed behind Charlotte in offensive opportunities, taking five shots versus the 49ers’ 13 and only one corner kick versus their three. Jamilloux, who has served as FAU goalkeeper for all 13 games in their entirety, finished the night with three saves.
The Owls will travel to Lexington, KY on Sunday, Nov. 3 for their final road contest at 4 p.m. before returning home to host their final conference match, against Tulsa on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.