Nov. 10, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Florida Atlantic University registered a season high five goals as the Owls cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Stetson University Hatters on Sunday afternoon at FAU Soccer Stadium to conclude the 2013 season.
Freshman Braxton Fuster led all scorers with a four-point afternoon as he tallied two goals for his first career points as an Owl. FAU’s attacking play gave the team an early advantage as they led Stetson 7-0 in shots and 2-1 in corner kicks in the first half. Senior Martin Nesic opened up the offensive attack with a shot on goal in the 20th minute, saved by Stetson’s keeper. Shortly after, the Owls’ leading scorer, Ryan Price attempted a header shot on goal but the game remained scoreless. Price led the Owls in shots on goal with three.
In the 34th minute, FAU’s Deniz Bozkurt entered the game for the first time, a decision that quickly resulted in the team’s first goal as Jason Fitzgerald gained possession of the ball and kicked it back to Bozkurt, inside the box, allowing for a shot to the lower left portion of the goal. Bozkurt finished the match tied with Price in shot attempts, with two out of three shots making it on goal. Fuster extended FAU’s lead to finish the first half 2-0 heading in Daniel Montoya’s corner kick from inside the six-yard box.
With Stetson still unable to gain any offensive opportunities, Price tallied his seventh goal for the season, off a rebound from Nesic’s second shot on goal of the game as he recorded his first collegiate career assist. Stetson’s first shot attempt didn’t come until the 61st minute as they trailed the Owls by a three goal margin. FAU’s keeper Theo Jamilloux made the save and launched the ball back to Stetson’s half of the pitch. Fitzgerald wasted little time adding to FAU’s lead crossing the ball to Price at the top left of the box who then kicked the ball to Sean Gossman who connected on the goal. The goal extended FAU’s lead to four as the Owls held the Hatters scoreless.
Stetson would avoid the shutout in the 78th minute when the Hatters were awarded a corner kick that finally gave them an opportunity in front of the goal. The corner kick was not converted but forward Dwight Lodge quickly captured the ball scoring an unassisted goal from the corner. Two minutes after, another corner kick was given, this time for FAU, as the Owls reclaimed their four goal advantage. Nesic struck the corner kick to Hunter Pritchard who tapped the ball to Fuster for the goal.
The Owls’ 5-1 victory over Stetson set a record for the season as their biggest scoring margin. The win also marked the final collegiate match for the team’s four seniors: Joachim Hansteen, Sean Gossman, Martin Nesic and Ramin Rahemi. Nesic and Gossman finished the match both having made notable improvements to their final collegiate record. Nesic had a career high two shots on goal in the match while Gossman, an essential player at midfield, especially defensively, recorded his first collegiate goal. FAU finished its season 7-7-2 overall and 1-7-1 in its first season of Conference USA while going undefeated in non-conference matches (6-0-1).