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Men’s soccer falls 2-1 at USF

Men’s soccer falls 2-1 at USF

FGCU faced in-state rival USF in Tampa on Saturday, Sept. 19. After having their last match against Penn canceled due to weather, the Eagles were looking to end the Bulls home unbeaten streak, but FGCU fell short in a 2-1 loss.
With senior goalkeeper Nathan Ingham out with an ankle sprain, FGCU freshman Sawyer Jackman started his first game between the sticks for the Eagles. After a scoreless first half, there was a weather delay that extended the halftime break to more than an hour. Twenty minutes after the game resumed, the Bulls struck first with a goal by Melvin Becket. Six minutes later, the Eagles went soaring into the box when FGCU’s  Justin Gavin, making his debut, was taken down.
The referee awarded the Eagles a shot from the spot, which was converted by Albert Ruiz, who was also making his debut for the Eagles.
With 10 minutes left to play, the Eagles were searching for a late goal to win the game. In the 82nd minute, FGCU’s Rodrigo Saravia took down a USF player in the box, giving the Bulls a penalty kick. USF’s Nazeem Bartman stepped up and put the ball in the back of the net, giving the Bulls a 2-1 lead. The Bulls went on to win the game by that score, handing the Eagles their second loss of the season.
The Eagles will look to bounce back on Friday, Sept. 25, when they travel to Rhode Island to take on the Brown Bears.

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Miguel Rodriguez

Miguel Rodriguez is a sophomore communications major at FGCU. Miguel is from Lyndhurst, New Jersey, and has lived in the Cape for seven years. Rodriguez would one day like to be an anchor for Sportscenter on ESPN. Miguel supports Real Madrid, Arsenal, the Lakers, the Yankees, the Jets, and Orlando City Soccer Club. When not watching his favorite teams in action or covering sporting events, Miguel likes to play FIFA and spend time with friends, and family.

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