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On Saturday evening, The Embry-Riddle men’s soccer put up a strong battle against Eckerd but fell 2-0. ERAU dropped to 1-4 on the season while the Tritons remained undefeated at 5-0-1.
Eckerd had the edge in shots at 9-8, with seven of ERAU’s shots coming in the first half. Daniel Gylfason led the charge with four shots for the Eagles, while Jeff Bone made four saves in the losing effort.
The Eagles held much of the possession as the game began. Gylfason ripped three of his four shots during the first 15 minutes of play while the Tritons were denied any real chances until midway through the half.
In the 22nd minute, Moriba Ballah was whistled for a foul on an Eckerd player several yards outside the penalty area. On the ensuing free kick, a Triton player was fouled, this time inside the box and Eckerd was awarded a penalty kick. Richard Ainscough drove it hard past a diving Bone for the 1-0 lead.
Gylfason and Ballah challenged Triton goalkeeper Alex Gott to make saves as the half wore on, but were unable to find the back of the net.
Seconds before halftime, Eckerd struck again as Wyeth Leemon and Nick Jackson connected passes that led them past the Eagle defense. Jackson gave the Tritons a 2-0 lead at the break.
In the second half, a strong back four for the Eagles denied the Tritons of most chances asMagnus Magnusson won nearly every ball out of the air that came his way.
The Eagles had several close calls in the final minutes of the match as Pierre Hertin raced up left side and crossed balls into the box. However, the home side just couldn’t put one in the back of the net and the Tritons were able to hold on for the 2-0 win.
The Eagles return to the pitch next Saturday, Oct 3 when they travel to Tampa.