The 24th ranked Florida Tech men’s soccer team improved to 2-0 on Monday, beating the Shorter Hawks 5-1 in a non-conference match at Rick Stottler Field in Melbourne. The match was delayed twice by lightning but was able to be completed.
Freshman goalkeeper Luuk Teurlinx made his Florida Tech debut a memorable one, posting three saves and keeping Shorter off the board for the first 45 minutes of the match.
The Panthers had just three shots in the first half but led 1-0 on a goal from Luca
Campanini in the 11th minute. That goal stood up and the Panthers went into halftime up by that score. Per Henrik Nag and Josh Thomas were credited with the assists.
The Hawks (0-3) looked like the break was exactly what they needed, as they got an early goal from Hassane Traore, tying the game 1-1, 2:26 into the second half. Instead of giving Shorter the spark it needed, it seemed to fire up the Panthers, who went on the offensive immediately.
Although his play did not result in a goal, Evan Enders had some good chances for Florida Tech. One came shortly after the Hawks goal when he made a great run down the field and got a shot off that Shorter goalie Sean Carpenter made a diving save on. Enders got off the turf immediately, getting another shot as he got back into the play, but it went wide.
That was a sign of things to come, as the Panthers scored four unanswered goals. Brandon Smalley caught Carpenter far enough out of the net that he was able to head it just over his outstretched hands and give the Panthers a 2-1 at the 53:33 mark.
Fabian Egbele got the assist on Smalley’s goal and then just over 16 minutes later, he drew a secondary assist on a goal from Jan Hlavica. Mikkel Roeisland was credited with the primary assist and the Panthers were up 3-1.
Solomon Wheatley made it 4-1 at the 73:09 mark and Italo Ramos closed things out with a goal against the backup goaltender for Shorter, Luis Vasquez with just 50 seconds left in regulation time. Vasquez replaced Carpenter at the 77:13 mark.
The Panthers were a different team in that second half, firing 16 shots, 10 of those on goal. They ended up with 19 shots, 11 on goal for the match.
For more info: Shorter @ Florida Tech Box Score
The Panthers, who opened their season on Saturday with a 4-2 victory over Francis Marion are now 2-0 on home turf. They will travel to Montgomery Alabama on Friday, to take on the University of Alabama in Huntsville. That match is scheduled to get underway at 5:00 p.m.
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