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Sept. 28, 2007
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - In a battle between old and now new conference rivals, Akil DeFreitas' goal in the 59th minute of play spelled the difference as North Florida took 1-0 victory over USC Upstate in A-Sun men's soccer action Friday night.
North Florida improves to 2-4-0 overall and 1-0-0 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Upstate falls to 0-7-0 overall and 0-1-0 in the league. The Spartans stay in Jacksonville to take on Jacksonville University Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
North Florida and Upstate were old rivals in the Peach Belt Conference when both institutions competed on the NCAA Division II level. North Florida made the transition to Division I as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference in 2005, while Upstate is in its inaugural season in Division I and the A-Sun.
The teams battled to a scoreless draw in the first half despite combining for 15 shots on the opening 45 minutes of play. North Florida took eight shots, while Upstate attempted seven. However, four saves by Upstate keeper Jason McCabe and two by North Florida keeper Andrew Calise kept the teams off of the scoreboard.
The game turned in the second half with North Florida pressuring the Spartan defense. The Ospreys broke through in the 59th minute. Shareef Rajkumar was played a ball down the right side and played a cross to the middle of the box where DeFreitas put the shot away to give North Florida a 1-0 lead.
Upstate attempted to get back into the game, but could only get off four shots on the tough North Florida defense. Despite taking four shots, Calise was forced to make just one save with only one Upstate shot being put on-goal.
McCabe finished the game with six saves to lead Upstate on the night. Calise finished with three in recording the shutout. Chad McCoy was the most active attacking Spartan, finishing with four shots on the night.