Nov. 3, 2002
BOCA RATON, FL. - Florida Atlantic University's men's soccer team was able to overcome an early deficit to come back and win against Adelphi University 3-2 Sunday afternoon. Kristoffer Aarskog scored two goals in the second half as the Owls reached the .500 mark for the first time this year.
"This was a tough game. Early on we were down, but our determination to win began to show and we were able to come back against a tough team," said head coach Kos Donev.
Early in the game Adelphi (4-10-1) was pushing hard against the FAU (7-7-2) defense, trying to force the foul. That strategy worked out in the 11th minute when Jeremi Isaacs fouled Jorrell Best just inside the box to give the Panthers a penalty kick. Anders Salomonsson shot just inside the left post made the score 1-0.
FAU would not back down though as six minutes later off of a wild throw in, Josh Garbee rifled a shot from 30 yards out to the upper left corner of the goal past Adelphi keeper Igor Yatsenko to tie the game at one apiece.
A critical moment came in the 38th minute of play as Tom Cross fouled Oerjan Stroeksnes and drew a red card to put the Panthers down a man for the remainder of the game. The defense virtually shut down Adelphi's offensive attack in the first half as the Owls allowed only two shots in the first half with none attempted on goal.
FAU came out blazing a minute into the second half when Aarskog picked up the ball amid commotion in the box and scored his first of two goals to take the lead 2-1. But the Panthers would not give up regardless of being a man down. Best would have his hand in another scoring opportunity in the 73rd minute as Padraiq Drew flew down the left sideline, made a nifty move around a FAU defensemen and crossed the ball to Best in the Box. Best would redirect the pass past a diving Anders Granstad to tie the game at 2-2 with 12 minutes remaining.
FAU would not back down though as Aarskog re-entered the game and immediately impacted the way the Owls attacked. Only four minutes after the Panther goal, Aarskog blasted a shot from the top of the box that skidded across the surface and through the hands of Yatsenko for his 11th goal and third multi-goal game of the season.
Granstad saved two shots after facing six on the afternoon. FAU led in corner kicks 5-4 and in total shots 20-6.
Florida Atlantic wraps up its regular season on Wednesday, November 6th at 3:00 pm in Jacksonville, FL., against in state rival Jacksonville University.