The Florida Tech Soccer team picked up their 10thwin of the season in a dominating 4-1 win at Warner. Freshman Hugo Lopez scored twice for the Panthers in the win and sent the Royals to an 0-15 record in 2016.
Being a non-conference late season game, this was a chance for the Panthers to put some of their young talent in a game situation and it worked well. Sophomore Petur Petursson started in goal for Florida Tech and made four saves, all in the second half. The Royals took just six shots as a team in this match.
The Panthers (10-3-1) got Petursson an early lead with Lopez tickling the twine 10:03 into the match, beating Warner keeper Mauricio Delgado, for a 1-0 lead. The goal was assisted by Colton Johnson- Drymon, a Junior from Satellite Beach.
It took just over 13 minutes for the Panthers to double their lead, with a goal off the foot of Freshman Brandon Smalley. Florida Tech kept the pressure up with four consecutive shots over the next 10 minutes, with Johnson-Drymon, Lopez, Smalley and Sophomore Zak Woodward.
Jack Willison and Per Henrik Nag each got shots off before the end of the half, but they were not on goal. The Panthers couldn’t cash in on any of those opportunities, but they took the 2-0 lead to the locker room and had an impressive 13 shots in the half, seven on goal, with Delgado getting credit for four saves.
Florida Tech expanded their lead just 8:48 into the second half, with Lopez finding the back of the net for the second time in the match. Smalley was credited with the assist and the Panthers took a commanding 3-0 lead.
Warner avoided the shutout, when Rommel Hoppolyte found the back of the net, with less than 20 minutes left in the match. Devyn Hencil got the assist on the only goal of the night for the home team.
With 79:13 gone, Adin Kavara put the icing on the cake for Florida Tech when he drilled home a rebound off the post, giving the Panthers the 4-1 lead.
For more info: Florida Tech @ Warner Box Score
Florida Tech took 10 shots in the second half and 23 for the game, 13 of those were on goal and four found the back of the net. That’s about as good a night as you can ask for as an offense.
The Panthers will end the regular season at home with a game against Embry-Riddle on Friday. The match gets underway at 7:00 p.m.
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