PRINCETON, N.J. (9/29/13) - Florida Gulf Coast University's second shot on goal of the game was the game winner as Will Suedois scored the lone goal in the 94th minute as the Eagles defeated the Princeton men's soccer team 1-0.
Princeton dominated the last 48 minutes of the game, with a 12-4 advantage in shots in the second half. The Tigers had a number of scoring chances but couldn't put the ball away.
The first shot on goal of the game didn't come until the 81st minute when Cameron Porter had a back heel on a pass from Josh Miller get swallowed up by keeper Danny George.
FGCU's two shots on goal came from Will Suedois and came in the 93rd and 94th minutes. Suedois first shot was stopped by MacMillan but the second would end the game as it swept into the left corner. Felipe DeSousa flipped the ball forward to Suedois for the game winner.
"We had a really, really tough first half and put ourselves in position to lose a close game because we started so poorly," Princeton head coach Jim Barlow said. "I don't know why. FGCU looked sharp in the first half, but we weren't ready to play. We had a good second half, but in college soccer you can't play well for 45 minutes and guarantee yourselves that you're going to win the game.
"It was the same the other night against FIU. I don't know why were starting so slowly and taking so long to get into it. A bunch of guys that we thought we were starting to be able to count on didn't play quite as well as they have been and we paid the price."
The game started slowly with FGCU controlling the pace the first 20 minutes. After a shot by sophomore Thomas Sanner and two substitions in the 23rd minute turned the tide. The Tigers followed up with two shots by Myles McGinley that went high, and did not allow a shot on the other end
"The second half was better, and we created chances and didn't put them away," Barlow said. "There is so much parity in college soccer, to play well in spurts like that gives the other team to win the game on one play.
Porter nearly had a 1x1 before he was called offsides in the 64th minute and Nico Hurtado had a shot go just wide in the 73rd. One of the better scoring chances came in the 78th minute when Porter had a shot blocked and the rebound set just wide by Miller. Miller had another opportunity in the 86th minute when he aimed just wide off a corner kick. Hurtado delivered the final shot in the 88th minute with the ball again skimming just wide.
The Tigers came out in overtime and continued to control ball as the the defense and midfielders were delivered excellent balls into the box, but just a shot wide would result.
Goalkeepers George and Seth MacMillan made one save apiece for their respective teams. Princeton finished the game with 16 shots to FGCU's 10, and had three corners to FGCU's one.
Princeton, now 2-5 on the season, opens the Ivy League schedule at unbeaten Dartmouth on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 4:30 p.m.