Nov. 7, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Florida Atlantic University’s men’s soccer team will conclude the 2013 season this weekend, hosting their final two matches at the FAU Soccer Stadium. The Owls will face conference opponent University of Tulsa on Friday, Nov. 8 and Stetson University on Sunday, Nov. 10.
Friday night’s contest will mark the Owls’ first meeting with the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, Conference USA’s reigning champion. Tulsa has secured a spot in the 2013 C-USA Championship, recording a 3-3-2 conference record, 8-5-3 overall. FAU will enter the match 1-6-1 in the conference, 6-6-2 overall.
Offensively, the Golden Hurricane has collected 28 goals on 267 shot attempts for a shot percentage of 0.105 while the Owls have tallied 20 goals out of 109 shot attempts for a 0.183 shot percentage. Tulsa narrowly leads in shot on goal percentage at 0.453 while FAU’s average is 43.1%. The Golden Hurricane’s offensive attack will be led by Cristian Mata who has collected nine goals and six assists for a total 24 points this season. The Owls’ leading scorer, Ryan Price has scored 6 goals and made three assists for 15 points. Price tops Mata in both shot percentage (0.31- 0.123) and shot on goal percentage (0.47- 0.452). Defensively, Tulsa has saved 59 shots on goal, earning a team save percentage of 0.776 versus FAU’s Theo Jamilloux’s save percentage of 0.69 with 69 saves.
The Owls will host their final match against Stetson University on Sunday afternoon as the team honors four student-athletes on Senior Day. FAU will bid farewell to Joachim Hansteen, Sean Gossman, Martin Nesic and Ramin Rahemi. The Owls will enter the match looking to stay undefeated (5-0-1) in non-conference play as the Stetson Hatters hope to record their first road match victory (0-4-2).
The Hatters (3-9-3, 2-4-1 Atlantic Sun) have collected 11 goals over 15 games played. With 146 shots tallied, Stetson currently has a shot percentage of 0.075 and shot on goal percentage of 0.342. Stetson’s offense will be led by Raffaele Centofanti who has tallied seven points this season, trailing Price by less than half. Raffaele is also at a disadvantage with a 0.056 shot percentage and 0.278 shot on goal percentage. The Hatters’ defense leads FAU in save percentage at 0.702 with 59 total saves.
FAU will play Tulsa at 7 p.m. on Friday and Stetson at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Live stats for both matches will be available on www.fausports.com.