LAKELAND, FLA. – The Florida Southern College men's soccer team posted a hard-fought 1-1 draw with the University of Tampa on Wednesday night. The Sunshine State conference match featured two of the top five teams in the conference. Florida Southern is now 2-3-4 overall, and 1-1-3 in the SSC, while Tampa is now 4-4-1 overall, and 2-2-1 in the SSC.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Florida Southern carried play throughout the first half, outshooting Tampa 11-4.
- In the 12th minute, junior James Meehan let loose with a rocket that banged off the crossbar.
- Moments later, senior Jacob Ling-Vannerus put a header just wide, to the right.
- Tampa countered minutes later, with a well-taken shot that sailed just high.
- In the 19th minute, senior Eneko Lasheras took a corner kick and crossed the ball directly to sophomore Santiago Erazo, who had a strong look with a header, but the UT keeper made a great save.
- Tampa managed their lone goal in the 43rd minute, as Amgad Salah took advantage of a free ball at the top of the box.
- In the second half, Southern continued to carry play. In the 61st and 62nd minutes, FSC had back-to-back corner kicks, resulting in a shot wide by junior Henry Phillips.
- Following a Tampa foul, FSC maintained possession in the 74th minute. Moments later, FSC earned a corner kick, as the Mocs pressed hard in the offensive zone.
- At the 74:36 mark, FSC's persistence paid off, as Phillips set up junior Taylor Vincent, who blasted the ball into the back of the net to tie the score at 1-1.
- The Mocs continued to press for the remainder of regulation, but were held back by a packed-in Tampa defense.
- Early in the first overtime, Meehan weaved his way through several UT defenders, and took a shot on goal that was saved.
- Moments later, a header from Meehan required a spectacular diving save by the Tampa keeper.
- In the second overtime, Meehan had two wonderful opportunities.
- Meehan's second chance resulted in a rocket that banged off the crossbar, and ricocheted right towards a waiting Daniel Miranda. Miranda put his head on the ball, directing it past the Tampa keeper. However, a Tampa defender alertly clearer the ball off of the goal line, preserving the tie.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern peppered the Tampa keeper tonight with 30 total shots, with 16 being on goal. Tampa managed seven total shots, with only two being on frame.
- Taylor Vincent is now the seventh different student-athlete to score a goal for Florida Southern this season.
- James Meehan led the team in shots with eight total, including four on goal.
- Grad student Georg Michajlov took five shots, while Vincent and senior Jacob Ling-Vannerus each had four.
- Grad student Philip Faderl made one save in goal for the Mocs.
- Five of Florida Southern's nine games this season have gone into overtime. FSC is 1-0-4 in those games.
QUOTING COACH CARLSON
"[This game was] probably the best showing we have had offensively this season. You have to finish your chances."
"Our guys have been doing it all year, just working hard. We just have to keep working."
Florida Southern heads east to Melbourne, to face the SSC leading Florida Tech Panthers on Sat., Oct. 12, for a 7 p.m. kickoff.