Nov. 9, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's men's soccer team recorded its third shutout in its last four games with a 4-0 win against Howard Sunday afternoon. Bjorn Masson became the program's all-time assists leader and tied the program record for assists in a season as the Owls registered their seventh 10-win season in program history and fourth 10-win season in their last six years.
"I am very honored to become FAU's all-time assists leader," said Masson. "I've been lucky to have guys on this team and teams of past that were able to score from my chances, especially this year because we have so many guys that can finish."
Masson jump-started the scoring for the Owls in the 29th minute when his corner kick was headed in by freshman Jason Poole. Poole scored his first collegiate goal on Masson's record-breaking assist. FAU (10-8-1) went into the half leading 1-0.
The Owls came out of the second half looking to increase their lead over Howard (3-10-1), and they accomplished that with three goals in twenty minutes. In the 61st minute, Bjorn Totland sent a free kick to Masson on the left sideline and immediately scrambled towards the corner. He sent a cross into the Howard box, finding freshman Eric Riveria for the easy knock in. Masson tied the record for assists in a season with his ninth of the year.
Totland set up another goal for FAU five minutes later when he cross the ball to Josh Garbee at the top of the Howard box. Garbee eluded his defender and fired a shot past Bison's keeper Jason Williams for his 10th goal of the season.
Kristoffer Aarskog scored his team and conference leading 15th goal in the 81st minute on a cross pass from Per Kyrk-Astemo. Aarskog needs only one goal to tie the program's single-season goals and points record.
Anders Granstad made two pivotal saves to preserve the shutout. In the 10th minute of play, Howard's Jason Gross went one-on-one with Granstad but was unable to score when the keeper sprawled out in front of his line, forcing him to take a shot at a bad angle. The ball skidded across the goal line left of the net.
In the 53rd minute, Gross again threatened to score but Granstad challenged the forward and saved the shot on the right post. He finished with two saves before being replaced by Alex Figuero, who recorded three saves.
FAU outshot Howard 18-13 and won the corner battle 6-1.
Florida Atlantic returns to action in the 2003 Atlantic Sun Men's Soccer Championship, hosted by Mercer in Macon, GA. The Owls will face the winner of the Belmont/Stetson match on Friday at 4 pm.