Nov. 4, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL – The Florida Atlantic men’s soccer team got on the board first, but two second-half goals by Hartwick College let the Hawks prevail on the Owls’ Senior Day, 2-1.
Freshman Joseph Rodriguez gave the Owls the early lead with the first goal of his career off a loose corner kick. He pushed it past Hartwick goalkeeper Tom Buckner into the lower left corner of the net in the 41st minute.
The Owls took the 1-0 lead into halftime, at which point senior goalkeeper Jeremy Crumpton already had five saves. He would end up with nine saves on the day, tying his season high set previously against Northern Illinois.
The Hawks were able to get the equalizer in the 59th minute, as their leading goal scorer on the season, Cleyon Brown, crossed it in front of the net to a wide-open Nick Hills, who just had to tap it in for the goal.
The game-winning goal came just less than seven minutes later on a free kick just outside the penalty box. David Styles curved the ball up and over Crumpton’s outstretched arms to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead, and they held on for the final 24 minutes for the win.
The season ends at 2-13-1 for FAU. Four seniors – Crumpton, midfielder Karol Chorak and defenders Tyler McNabb and Timothy Merrigan – each played all 90 minutes in their final game. Vincent DiBullo, out with injury, started the game and was immediately substituted for at the opening whistle.