Returning to the field for the first time since October 1, the Florida Tech Men’s Soccer squad beat Nova Southeastern and Florida Southern this week, in back-to-back Sunshine State Conference games.
After having their October 5 game against Warner canceled and the October 8 game against Embry-Riddle postponed, the Panthers improved to 7-2-1 overall and 5-2 in the SSC with the two victories.
On Wednesday, Adin Kavara
converted two penalty kicks to beat Nova Southeastern 2-1. It was redemption for Kavara, who missed the first penalty kick of his career
back on September 11 against West Alabama. He got back on track in a big way Wednesday, putting two of them home.
Kavara’s first chance came after Evan Enders
was dragged down in the box in the 17th
minute. It was the only goal in a first half that saw the Panthers out shoot the Sharks 4-3.
It took the Sharks (2-8, 0-5 SSC) just six minutes to answer in the second half, as Bestun Mohammed beat FIT goaltender Christopher Page, tying the game 1-1.
Florida Tech bounced back nicely, as they kept the offensive pressure on and with 84:13 gone in the match, Kavara was taken down again and he made the Sharks pay, converting his second penalty kick of the contest and putting his team ahead for good, 2-1.
Kavara had seven shots on the night, three were on goal and those two found the back of the net.
On Saturday, the Panthers traveled to Lakeland to take on Florida Southern and came away with a 1-0 victory, coming on an own goal by the Moccasins.
Panthers goalie Christian Moerch
was under fire all night, as Florida Southern outshot the Panthers 19-6. Moerch was forced to turn away six of those, two in the first half and four in the final 45 minutes.
The only goal of the game came at 70:59 when Panthers Freshman Brandon Smalley
fired a free kick that had a long way to travel. The Moccasins attempted to clear it and it went off the head of a defender and into the net. Not the most conventional goal you will see, but effective nonetheless, as the Panthers made it hold up.
The Panthers will hit the road again Tuesday, taking on the Eckerd Tritons. It is the second meeting between these teams this season. Back on September 17, the Panthers handed the Tritons their first loss of the season
, with a 3-2 triumph. Tuesday’s rematch is set for 7:00 p.m.
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