TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Tampa men's soccer team faced off against Sunshine State Conference opponent Eckerd College. The Tritons used two first half goals to defeat the Spartans 2-1.
Final: Eckerd 2, Tampa 1
Records: Tampa Spartans (3-3, 1-1 SSC), Eckerd Tritons (5-2, 1-1 SSC)
Location: Pepin Stadium || Tampa, Fla.
All-time Series: Tampa owns a 36-11 series record against Eckerd.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
1st Half | Through the first 10 minutes of the half, the Tritons dominated possession, taking some early shots with no goals. In the 16th minute, Eckerd played a ball over the top to their striker Agustin Pertusso, who found the back of the net on a half volley to give the Tritons a 1-0 lead. In the 39th minute, Eckerd's forward Blake Bauer scored after intercepting a pass in Tampa territory to give EC a 2-0 lead going into the half.
2nd Half | Tampa controlled most of the ball during the second half of the game. Mike Schessl gave the Spartans life in the 72nd minute, with a beautiful left-footed strike at the top of the 18-yard box. The Spartans had multiple chances to equalize, but Lyden Dawson had a couple of key saves in the dying minutes of the game to seal the Eckerd 2-1 victory.
Inside the Stats:
- The Spartans outshot the Tritons 11-10.
- The goal marked the second of the season for Schessel
UP NEXT: The Spartans return home to face Embry-Riddle on Saturday night, as kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Pepin Stadium.
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