LakePoint, Ga. - Both of Tuesday's ASUN Conference Men's Soccer matches went into double overtime, as USC Upstate earned a hard-fought draw on the road against ACC foe North Carolina State. FGCU suffered a heartbreaking defeat to in-state rival and No. 14-ranked FIU in the final seconds of the extra period.
ASUN Men's Soccer Results - Tuesday, Oct. 10th
#14 FIU 4, FGCU 3 - 2OT
USC Upstate 0, North Carolina State 0 - 2OT
The Spartans earned a 0-0 draw against North Carolina State on Tuesday night, halting a four-match losing streak. CJ Cluck was outstanding in goal as he finished the match with a season-high seven saves, including some important ones in the two overtime periods. The Wolfpack had a 15-6 shot advantage, but were unable to break through the Spartans defense led by Cluck. Six different Spartans registered a shot attempt, with only two of those being directed on goal. Anson Girone had the best scoring opportunity of the match for the Spartans in the final seconds of double overtime. He found himself racing down the left flank and took a shot from inside the box, but the angle was too tight and his attempt went wide of the far post. Tonight's result marks the first shutout of the season for the Spartans.
In Tuesday night's other contest, a goal fest broke out between two of the highest scoring teams in the country. FGCU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead inside the first 13 minutes as Nico Samayoa and Miguel Jaime found the back of the net. The No. 14-ranked FIU Panthers were not deterred though as they scored in the 16th minute to cut the deficit in half. Shak Adams restored FGCU's two-goal advantage in the early portions of the second half, when he finished a great attack by chipping the goalie inside the box. FIU scored its second of the match in the 77th minute, setting up a grand stand finale. Despite playing with a man advantage, the Eagles allowed the game-tying goal with 25 seconds left in regulation. The overtime periods were a back and forth affair as both teams didn't want to settle for a tie. FGCU held a 6-4 shot advantage in the two overtime periods, but it was the Panthers who secured the victory by scoring with eight seconds left on the clock. The loss snaps the Eagles five-match winning streak and six-match unbeaten run.
ASUN Men's Soccer Upcoming Schedule - Wednesday, Oct. 11th
NJIT at Rutgers - 7 PM - Big Ten 2 Go
Lipscomb at Memphis - 7 PM - Tiger Network
|ASUN Conference Men's Soccer Standings|
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* - Clinched a spot in the 2017 ASUN Men's Soccer Championship