Florida Tech Panthers Soccer Sweeps Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week Honors
By Christina Hardman, Florida Tech News Bureau // October 17, 2023
men's soccer team is back in action on Oct. 21
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Florida Tech men’s soccer sweeps Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week honors, with senior Ettore Casadei being tabbed the Offensive Player of the Week and graduate student Iker Bastida earning Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league Monday afternoon.
This is the first time this season that both players have earned the weekly honor, and it is the first time in their careers.
Casadei played a significant role in Tech’s 2-0 week, contributing to three out of the four Panther goals. In the 1-0 win against SSC rival Barry on Wednesday, Casadei scored the eventual game-winner in the 17th minute on an assist by Fabio Amaral.
In the 3-2 win against Tampa on Saturday, the Panthers were trailing 2-1 with 32 minutes to go. Casadei started the run for the equalizer, finding the feet of Osvaldo Santana, who played a perfect pass to a wide-open Joakim Jahnsen.
Tied 2-2 with two minutes left in the match, Casadei headed the ball into the back of the net off a chip from teammate Joeran Osland to lift the Panthers ahead of the Spartans.
Bastisa had a career night against Barry, recording a career-high six saves and his second consecutive shutout. The graduate student kept the Panthers in the match as he faced 12 shots and seven corner kicks. Bastida’s efforts kept the Buccaneers scoreless for the first time this season and handed them their first SSC loss.
The Spaniard tallied two saves in the win versus Tampa, including a save less than a minute into the match. He faced seven total shots in the victory.
The men’s soccer team is back in action on Saturday, Oct. 21, when they hit the road to take on Palm Beach Atlantic. Opening kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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