Nov. 1, 2002
BOCA RATON, FL - Playing its first match ever against Hartwick College, Florida Atlantic University defeated the Hawks 2-0 Friday night on two late goals in the second half. Bjorn Totland scored his third goal of the season and Preben Nilsen scored his second to lead the Owls to their sixth win of the season.
"A major adversity for this team has been being eliminated from the conference tournament, but our players have responded to what the coaches have been saying and are staying focused on the rest of the year," said head coach Kos Donev. "Tonight was no different, we played against a good level team and our players played at a good level to defeat them.
"Our goal now is to finish this season no less than .500, and with two games remaining we have a good shot at being over .500. So we are going to keep playing hard."
The first half was marred by missed opportunities as FAU (6-7-2) out shot Hartwick (9-6-2) 8-2 and Hawks keeper Adam Parsells made key saves to keep the team alive.
At the outset of the second half, Hartwick began to play with new life when Mike Piagentini rifled off a shot that sailed just wide as the Hawks caught FAU off its guard. That would not happen again however as the Owls came back themselves with three shots and a corner kick.
The aggressiveness would pay off when Hartwick fouled Totland at the top of the 20-yard box for a free kick. On the ensuing kick, Totland would burry a shot into the back right of the net to put FAU up 1-0.
As time was coming down to the end, the Owls would put the game out of reach for the Hawks. Josh Garbee made an amazing run down the left side of the field, around a couple of defenders, to cross a pass into the middle of the box where Nilsen one-timed his shot around the left post make the score 2-0.
Hartwick's Josh Herrera launched a shot at near point blank range on net, following the goal, that Anders Granstad grabbed out of the air for the save. Granstad made one spectacular save after another, saving four shots, in preserving the win and shutout for the Owls.
FAU turns its attention to Adelphi on Sunday, November 3 at 1:00 pm at FAU Field for the final home game of the season.
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