Nov. 7, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL - Senior Bjorn Totland's 10-minute hat trick was the difference Sunday night as the Florida Atlantic University men's soccer team closed out their regular season with a 4-1 defeat of visiting Adelphi.
With injured countryman Kristoffer Aarskog watching from the sidelines in a golf cart, Totland came off the bench in the second half and scored goals in the 68th, 75th and 78th minutes in reply to Matt Smith's 50th minute goal for the Panthers (5-9-1, 0-3-1). Freshman Franz Chevannes scored his first career goal in the game's final minute to complete the rout.
The best chance for either side in a tedious first half came courtesy of FAU senior Rustin Kluge in the 18th minute. Released down the left-hand side, Kluge cut untouched towards goal before pushing a right-footed shot inches wide of the far post.
With 4:26 gone in the second half, Smith capitalized on a failed offside trap by the Owl defense, rounded back-up keeper Helgi Helgason, and finished into an empty net to open the scoring.
FAU, frustrated by the Panthers' own offside trap all night, could not find a way to produce a decent scoring chance on the Adelphi net. Then in the 62nd minute, on came Totland.
It took just over five minutes for the Norwegian senior to score the equalizer. A fine through ball from Gustavo Alencar found Totland open on the left. After cutting back inside a defender, he finished high into the far corner of Michael Hurley's net.
Just over seven minutes later, it was Totland 2, Adelphi 1. Another perfectly placed through ball found Totland, this time on the right side of the penalty box. Totland raced towards goal, sent Hurley leaning to his right with a flinch and then finished just inside the near post.
The hat trick was completed three and a half minutes later when Totland beat Hurley to another fine Alencar leading pass and applied the deftest of touches to direct the ball into the vacant goal.
Chevannes opened his career goal tally in the 90th minute to close things out. A low cross from Samuel-Eli Dzegede found Chevannes via a slight Robert Bloom touch and the freshman from Sunrise finished calmly into the bottom corner.
The Owls (12-3, 7-2) will open Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament play on Friday night in Macon, Ga. when they will face the winner of Thursday's Mercer/Stetson contest in a semifinal match-up.
NOTES: The six Owl seniors (Aarskog, Alencar, Garbee, Jeremi Isaacs, Totland and Kluge) were honored in a pre-game Senior Night ceremony...Totland's hat trick is the first for an Owls player since Bjorn Masson's three-goal effort in a 4-3 victory over West Virginia on September 27th, 2002...Totland has now scored 10 times in his last seven games and his season tally of 13 goals tops his previous best of 10...freshman forward Diego Monsalve saw his first action since injuring his ankle at Jacksonville on October 1st...Helgason picked up his first career win, making one save in the second half.