Florida Tech Takes Down Sunshine State Conference Foe St. Leo with 2-0 Cleansheet Win
By Daniel Supraner, Florida Tech Sports // October 11, 2017
Panthers' have now rattled off six wins in a row
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA — No. 12 Florida Tech (8-1-0, 5-0-0 SSC) defeated Sunshine State Conference foe Saint Leo (2-7-1, 1-4-1 SSC) by a score of 2-0 on Tuesday night at Rick Stottler Field.
With the victory, the Panthers’ have now rattled off six wins in a row, which is the longest win streak for FIT over the last decade. Florida Tech also improved to 4-0 at home this season and picked up its third straight victory over Saint Leo, dating back to the 2015 season.
Florida Tech dominated the matchup from the opening kickoff and finished with a significant advantage in both shots (25-3) and corner kicks (13-2).
“We had the lion share of possession from the outset and it was clear early that the opening goal was going to be important for us,” said head coach Robin Chan. “I thought we showed good patience, moved the ball well and built our momentum throughout the game. The boys have a good maturity and spirit about them now as we look forward to our next game.”
After a scoreless first half, in which Florida Tech outshot SLU 11-1, Hugo Lopez finally put the Panthers on the board early in the second stanza.
In the 51st minute, Lopez got on the end of a long pass into the box from Mikkel Roeisland, controlled the ball with his chest and finished his shot into the bottom left corner for the goal. The goal was Lopez’ fourth of the season. Fabian Egbele was also credited with an assist on the play.
With FIT still leading 1-0 in the 86th minute, Roeisland collected a corner by Josh Thomas and fired off a shot that was saved by Wessel Berenschot, but the rebound bounced back to Roeisland who finished for his first goal of the season.
Luuk Teurlinx (2-0), who made his second career start in the Panthers’ net on Tuesday, finished with two saves. Berenschot saw his season mark go to 0-4 while making seven saves in the game.
Florida Tech will look to continue its winning ways when the Panthers welcome Barry to Rick Stottler Field for a SSC showdown on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. ET. Fans can access live coverage of the action at FloridaTechSports.com/live.
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