FGCU Tops USC Upstate in Overtime

Monday, October 19, 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. – The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s soccer needed overtime to tally the decisive goal against the Spartans of USC Upstate on Sunday afternoon in Spartanburg, S.C. Freshman Westin Vallentine put a shot just inside the right post in the 96th minute to lift FGCU to a 1-0 victory.

The Eagles improved to 6-6-1 overall and 4-2-0 with 12 points in the Atlantic Sun Conference, while Upstate fell to 4-6-2 overall and 1-2-2 with four points in the A-Sun.

“The win today was a good response to how poorly we played on Friday,” head coach Bob Butehorn commented following the game. “We received some quality minutes from some of our freshman, which turned out to be the difference in the game.”

In the tightly contested match, the score at intermission remained at 0-0 with the Eagles winning the shot battle 7-5.

FGCU would continue to outshoot Upstate throughout the second half 8-3, but neither team would be able to get one past the keeper before the end of regulation time.

The game remained level at 0-0 as the teams took a short recess before heading into the overtime frame.

In the first overtime frame, it would only take one shot on goal to find the game winner. In the 96th minute of the match, Freshman Alexei Reyes (Dallas, Texas) took a pass in the middle of the field about 45 yards out, dribbled towards the goal and played a through ball to Vallentine (Spring, Texas) at the top of the box. Vallentine moved to his left to free up space and hit a shot just off the ground to the right of a charging Upstate goalkeeper Pat Regna. Regna couldn’t get a hand on the ball and the shot went into the right side of the goal to deliver the victory to the Eagles. The goal was Vallentine’s fifth of the season.