Nov. 15, 2003
Macon, GA - Florida Atlantic University's men's soccer team lost 3-1 to Central Florida in the 2003 Atlantic Sun Men's Soccer Championship final on Saturday evening. The Owls, who lost to UCF 1-0 earlier in the season, reached its third final in seven years. Kristoffer Aarskog, the 2003 A-Sun Player of the year, scored his program breaking 17th goal and 40th point in the final minutes of the match as FAU placed three players on the A-Sun All-Tournament Team. Florida Atlantic finished the season 11-9-1 while UCF improved to 12-5-3 and received the A-Sun's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
"I am extremely proud of this team," said head coach Kos Donev. "They played hard in both games and did not stop playing in this game until the final whistle blew. We only have four seniors this year and if everyone maintains their levels in the off-season then we will have a very exciting team come next year."
The Golden Knights scored two goals in the first half and did not look back. Eric Vasquez set up the first goal to Juan Pablo Giraudo 10 minutes into the match and Chris Beaulac scored with 10 minutes remaining in the first half to give UCF a 2-0 lead at halftime.
Vasquez would assist on the Golden Knights third goal with 15 minutes remaining in the game to give UCF a 3-0 lead. Josh Garbee set up Aarskog in the 90th minute to end UCF's shutout bid. Garbee sent a cross from the right side that Aarskog volleyed in to break the program's record for goals and points in a season set in 1995.