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    FGCU Edges Liberty 2-1

    Sep 23, 2022 | Fort Myers Fla | Men's Soccer

    The FGCU Ospreys held off a late charge by the Liberty Flames for a 2-1 victory Friday evening at Pickering Field.

    Liberty forward Luke Eberle scored his team-leading third goal of the season to give Flames a 1-0 advantage early in the second half. However, the host Eagles rebounded with two unanswered goals midway through the second half to take the lead.

    Over the final 20 minutes, the Flames tried to find the equalizer, including a shot attempt in the last minute but came away empty.

    In its first ASUN road game of the season, Liberty falls to 1-2 in the ASUN and 2-3-2 overall. FGCU moves to 1-0-1 in conference and 4-1-2 overall.

    Scoring Summary
    50’ – LIBERTY – Luke Eberle (Assisted by Marko Mitrevski)
    53’ – FGCU – Davi Alves (Assisted by Jovoney Brown)
    67’ – FGCU – Jovoney Brown (Assisted by Davi Alves)

    Turning Point
    With the score tied 1-1 during the 67th minute, the host Eagles took a 2-1 advantage. Midfielder Davi Alves, who scored to tie the contest earlier, moved down the left sideline and threaded a pass across the 18-yard box to the right post. Jovoney Brown, who collected the pass and found himself one-on-one with the Liberty goalkeeper Blake Franzen, pushed a shot into the left side of the net for a 2-1 lead.

    Liberty continued on the attack and had several shots over the final 20 minutes but could not find the equalizer. In the last minute, the Flames received a free kick just to the left of the box. Liberty’s Skyler Stricker was able to get a shot off the reset, but FGCU goalkeeper Wyatt Kinzer made the stop.

    Key Stats & Notes

    • Tonight’s match was Liberty’s first road ASUN match of the season, while it was FGCU’s first home conference match of the year.
    • FGCU held a 16-12 shot advantage in the match while holding an 8-6 edge in shots on goals. Corner kicks were even at 5-5.
    • Liberty goalkeeper Franzen tied his career-high with six saves in the contest. Franzen made six saves in a 2-1 win at Stetson last season (Sept. 18, 2021). FGCU goalkeeper Kinzer recorded five saves.
    • Eberle scored his third goal of the season. He now leads the Flames in goals and points with seven.
    • Marko Mitrevski assisted on Eberle’s goal. The Flames captain leads the Liberty with three assists.

    Next Up
    Liberty takes a short trip up Rt. 460 for a non-conference contest against the Longwood Lancers in Farmville, Va., Tuesday. Match time at the Longwood Athletic Complex is scheduled for 6 p.m.