The University of Tampa men’s soccer team came out 5-0-1 with a win in their first conference matchup against the Buccaneers of Barry University on Saturday, Sept. 26. The loss drops Barry to 3-3-1 and 1-2 in SSC conference play.
Although Tampa outshot the Buccaneers 10-5 in the first half, they only posted one goal.
Freshman Brian Fekete scored an unassisted goal for Tampa in the 44th minute.
For the freshman, it was his first collegiate goal.
UT continued to outshoot the Buccaneers in the second half of play.
Tampa posted 14 shots, increasing their total to 24 shots in the game.
Barry managed eight shots in the second half, tallying 13 total shots in the game.
The Spartans were able to put home one more goal in the second half of the contest. Junior Pascal Milien lobbed a shot over the head of the Barry goal keeper, Johnny Rodrigues, and into the corner of the net at the 64th minute of the matchup.
It was Milien’s fourth goal of the season and, like Fekete’s, it came unassisted.
UT goalkeeper, Ryan Thompson, was looking for his first shutout of the season, but in the 85th minute junior Andres Perez, of Barry, snuck a shot by the senior. The shot was assisted by junior Sascha Koettig.
The goal was Perez’s second of the season; the assist moved Koettig’s total to four, leading the Buccaneer team.
The game totaled 18 fouls, four of which resulted in a yellow card.
The Spartans were issued one card, while the Barry Buccaneers were dealt a trio of caution cards.
The Buccaneer coach was awarded a card along with two of his players.
Dan Ingvarsson was slapped with the lone yellow for Tampa.
The card came in the 89th minute of the contest and was delivered when Ingvarsson apparently took too long to set for a free kick.
Tampa will have a tough matchup during their next game, when they host the Lynn Fighting Knights at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3.
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