In a wild game at Rick Stottler Field on Saturday, Guillermo Segovia Marcos scored two second-half goals, giving the Florida Tech Panthers a 4-2 victory over the Eckerd Tritons. Luca Campanini finished with a goal and an assist.
In a match that saw 12 yellow cards including two on Eckerd’s Nick Reinauer, leading to a red card in the 58th minute, the Panthers took a 2-0 lead, with both goals coming on penalty kicks, only to see the Tritons come back to tie before Marcos put the game away.
Florida Tech (5-1, 1-1 SSC) was coming off a loss to Palm Beach Atlantic last Saturday, but they got back on the right track early in this one, with Campanini making good on a penalty kick 5:04 into the match, beating David Ormiston to give the home team a 1-0 lead. Campanini got another chance 29 seconds later, but Ormiston made the save. A shot by Hugo Lopez seven seconds later hit the post.
The first yellow card against Reinauer came with 4:19 left in the half and led to a penalty kick by Per Henrik Nag, he made good on it and the Panthers went to the half, up 2-0.
The Panthers took five shots on goal in that first half, scoring two. Ormiston made one save in the half, while Panthers goalie Jason Fesquet watched the Tritons go without a shot in the first 45 minutes.
Eckerd (2-5-1, 0-3-0 SSC) changed that 5:48 into the second half when Francisco Anaya took the first shot, beating Fesquet to make it a 2-1 game.
It looked like the Tritons would lose that momentum when Reinauer got that red card 12:23 into the half, meaning that the Tritons were playing with 10 men. That was not the case, as Agustin Pertusso scored less than four minutes later, tying the game at two.
It took the Panthers 2:07 to regain control, with Marcos scoring his first goal after a nice feed from Solomon Wheatley. Marcos came close to salting the game away with 25:50 left, but he hit the post. He made good on his next chance in the 76th minute, on an assist from Campanini.
Seven of the Panthers 11 shots were on goal, while Eckerd managed just three shots all on goal, making good on two of them. Florida Tech took the only three corner kicks awarded in the match.
For more info: Eckerd @ Florida Tech Box Score
The Panthers homestand continues Wednesday night, as they welcome Nova Southeastern to Rick Stottler Field. The match is set for a 7:00 p.m. start.