ORLANDO, Fla. (October 3, 2012) – The FIU men’s soccer (6-2-2, 0-1-1 C-USA) couldn’t overcome a UCF (4-3-2, 1-0-0 C-USA) penalty kick in a 1-0 loss to the Knights Wednesday evening.
“Our team played very well today,” Head Coach Kenny Arena said. “We controlled the ball for the majority of the game and did a good job creating high quality chances. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get our shots on goal. UCF is a good team and it was nice to be a part of a high level game. We have nothing to be ashamed of and look forward to getting home to play UAB on Saturday.”
The first half was a see-saw battle with the two defenses taking center stage. Freshman goalkeeper Robin Spiegel made two of his three saves in the contest, with one coming in the final two minutes of the first half. Freshman Daniel Gonzalez had an opportunity in the 11th minute when his shot narrowly missed going in, striking the post, resulting in a UCF goal kick.
Gonzalez was just as aggressive in the second half. In the 55th minute, Gonzalez again had a great opportunity to score, but his ball hit the crossbar and bounced back into UCF’s possession.
In the 65th minute, UCF scored on a penalty kick to take a 1-0 advantage. FIU continued to press the Knights defense, taking five shots in the final 20 minutes of the match, including a shot by the keeper Spiegel, which was blocked with 10 seconds left in the match. The Panthers ultimately fell 1-0, suffering its first conference loss of the season.
The Panthers will return home for just the third time this season on Saturday, Oct. 6 at 7:00 p.m., to take on the UAB Blazers at the FIU Soccer Stadium. The game is a double Panther Points night and international students are encouraged to attend the match, wearing their country’s flags. The first 50 fans in attendance will also receive an FIU drawstring bag.
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