Men's Soccer Earns a 3-3 Draw at Florida Southern

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operation

A 3-3 Draw with Florida Southern College on Saturday Night Leaves the Sailfish with a 5-1-2 Record on the Season. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins.A 3-3 Draw with Florida Southern College on Saturday Night Leaves the Sailfish with a 5-1-2 Record on the Season. Photo Courtesy of: Damon Higgins.

Box Score

LAKELAND, Fla.- A total of 220 minutes of action could not decide a winner for either match between the Palm Beach Atlantic and Florida Southern College men’s and women’s soccer teams on Saturday night as the men followed up the women in earning a draw. The men’s teams closed out play with a busy second-half but no victor could be crowned as the South Region squads tied 3-3.

A scoreless first-half proved to be a warm-up period of sorts for the Sailfish (5-1-2) and the Moccasins (4-2-1) as neither team could find the back of the net through the first 45 minutes.

Both teams came out firing in the second-half though as FSC struck first with goals in the 51st and 54th minutes respectively leaving the ‘Fish with less-than-optimistic hopes for a comeback.

Things turned quickly however for the ‘Fish fans in attendance as Palm Beach Atlantic rattled off three consecutive scores in just a 17 minute span to push in front 3-2 with less than 10 minutes to play.

Jermaine Metz began the scoring for PBA with a goal on a cross from teammate Eddy Milien to bring the team to striking distance. They would tie the score in the 78th minute when Mpumelelo Matutu connected for his first goal of the season on an assist from fellow senior Daniel Pena.

Now in a rhythm it appeared the Sailfish might escape Lakeland with a hard-earned victory following a Pena penalty kick in the 82nd minute however a quick answer from Florida Southern’s Edward Spansky on the very next possession setup a potential overtime scenario.

Both teams would have their chances throughout the remainder of regulation and two, 10-minute overtime periods but neither could come away with a golden goal as they settled for a 3-3 draw.

PBA led the overall shot count by a 23-14 margin while FSC claimed the advantage in shots on goal as the Mocs put 11 of their 14 shots on target compared to eight shots on goal for the ‘Fish.

Steeven Raymont earned eight saves in the match.

Official statistics will be posted online when they become available.

The Sailfish will be back to the pitch on Wednesday, Oct. 1st at 7 pm when they host another Sunshine State Conference foe in Eckerd College. Come out to the Rinker Athletic Campus to support the team.

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