The Eagles entered Saturday’s, alumni weekend, noon tip-off in desperate search for a win. Winless at home for the past two matches, the Eagles fell to the Falcons of Florida College, 1-0. A win allowed the Falcons to end their two-game road trip on a victory after falling to Point University on their Senior night.
Offensive opportunities scarcely came in the opening period. Sophomore Jhon Solis nearly converted on an individual battle with the keeper yet attempted a shot wide right of the post. Junior midfielder Giovanni Pauliello also was stopped for a penalty kick opportunity by senior goalkeeper Markus Sundin, after attempting to bury a shot in the upper right corner of the goal.
The first half ended evenly for both teams. Both teams were held to under five shots on goal and both goalkeepers combined for four saves. Junior Bryce Hammond recorded two of his five pivotal saves in the first half. One deflection came from a free kick and another from an offensive play initiated by freshman Jokubas Samsonas.
The Falcons eventually broke the scoreless equalizer in the 62nd minute, with a goal from sophomore Yorgen Torres. Torres received a through-end deep in the Falcon’s attacking third from sophomore Jonathna Wilson. After Torres’ goals, the Eagle’s increased their efforts to attempt an equalizer.
The Eagles offensive prowess intensified during the final four minutes of the match. Four of their eight shots came in the concluding minutes of the half. The closest opportunity for offensive capitalization came from junior Samuel Barragan. Despite recording 24 minutes of field time, Barragan nearly converted an equalizer from a corner kick swung into the box from junior Chase Hawkins.