The Florida Tech Panthers dropped their second straight match on Saturday, losing 2-1 to Nova Southeastern at Rick Stottler Field. With the loss, the Panthers fall to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in the Sunshine State Conference.
After Florida Tech tied the match 1-1 in the 66th minute, Nova scored the game-winner with 3:58 left in regulation on a header by Farid Sar-Sar.
This was a chippy, hard-fought match throughout on both sides. Two of the three yellow cards in the match were issued to Florida Tech.
NSU’s Aleks Berg got a couple shots off in the early going against Panthers goalie Nick Brady. Brady came up with a save in the 10th minute, but at the 21:30 mark, Berg found himself wide open in the 18-yard box and rifled a shot to the opposite side Brady was on and he was not able to get over in time to stop it.
The Panthers managed just two shots in the first half, both of them were saved by Sharks goalie Alberto Ciroi. NSU had five shots, three on goal. Each team had three corners.
Brady was called on to make a save 5:11 into the second half as NSU got an early chance. He came up big again in the 65th minute by Manuel Cukaj. That kept the score 1-0 and the Panthers got their chance shortly after a yellow card on Tobias Pellio.
That card resulted in a free kick for the Panthers that was taken by Julien Remiti. His kick was controlled by Juan Masqueda, who booted it by Ciroi to tie things up at one.Ciroi immediately lobbied for a hand ball by Masqueda, but the official didn’t buy it and the goal stood.
That score remained until Farid Sar-Sar scored what would be the deciding goal. Florida Tech did mount a late rush, but it never materialized and NSU held on for the victory and moved to 5-1-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference.
For more info: Nova Southeastern @ Florida Tech Box Score
Florida Tech will travel to Daytona Beach on Tuesday night to play Embry-Riddle. The match is set for a 7:00 p.m. start.