Header photo: Guillermo Segovia Marcos – Credit: Florida Tech Athletics
The Florida Tech Panthers (2-1) got their second win of the season on Saturday, beating a tough Flagler team 3-2 in overtime. Guillermo Segovia Marcos scored all three Panthers goals, enroute to the first Florida Tech hat trick of the season and the first of his Panther career.
Both Panther victories have come in extra time. They beat Wingate in the season opener on Sept. 2 by the score of 2-1.
Saturday’s win over the Saints (1-2) came on a goal from just 21 seconds into the extra frame. This after the Panthers let two one goal leads slip away.
Panthers goaltender Nick Brady made five saves in the victory, earning his second win of the season. Flagler keeper Andrea Lubbia made two saves, but couldn’t stop the last shot by Remiti. After a long pass found Fabio Amaral, he made a great move around his defender and took off like a rocket toward the net. He saw an open Remiti and got it to him as he let it rip past Lubbia.
The scoring started early in this one with Segovia Marcos scoring just 1:41 into the match on a feed from Thibault Chretien. The Panthers had a good chance at another one about 17 minutes later after a corner kick led to a header by Juan Masqueda.
The first good chance for Flagler came 22:02 in on a shot by Zech Dapaah had one go off the crossbar, the rebound came out and an overhead kick went wide of the Florida Tech net. They would get another chance in the 32nd minute when Matteo Costa showed off his speed and footwork. His shot was blocked and the follow up by Marc Birkelund crossed in front of the goal and went out of bounds.
Costa would get another chance and cash this one in on an assist by Joeran Osland in the 36th minute, tying things up 1-1. The rest of the half saw both teams get their chances, but the half would end with the score even.
Segovia Marcos would put the Panthers back on top 7:41 into the second half when he got the ball out of a crowd and kicked it by Lubbia to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead. That goal held up until the 70:11 mark when Marc Birkelund tallied the equalizer for the Saints,
Each team would keep the defenses on their toes in the final 20, but the game remained deadlocked after 90 minutes. Flagler had a 19-15 advantage in shots including seven shots on goal to the Panthers four. Flagler committed 10 fouls to the Panthers nine and Florida Tech had a 7-5 edge in corners. Florida Tech would get the only shot in overtime and it ended up being the only one that mattered.
For more info: Flagler @ Florida Tech Box Score
The Panthers are back at Rick Stottler Field on Friday, September 17 to take on Atlantis, who is a first year program. The match will get underway at 7:00 p.m.