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Oct. 26, 2007
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Collin Gill scored two goals and Florida Gulf Coast put three shots into the back of the net in the second half to turn a close game into a runaway 4-0 Eagle victory over USC Upstate Friday night in Atlantic Sun Conference men's soccer action at County University Soccer Stadium.
FGCU improves to 7-8-1 overall and 3-4-1 with 10 points in the A-Sun. Upstate dropped its third straight game and falls to 3-12-0 overall and 3-5-0 with nine points in the conference. Upstate hosts Stetson Sunday afternoon at 2:00 on Senior Day, while FGCU travels to Gardner-Webb for a 1:30 p.m. kick-off in Boiling Springs, N.C.
Despite the 4-0 score, Upstate seemingly controlled the pace of play in the game and put constant pressure on FGCU's defense and goalkeeper Adam Glick. The Spartans held a 15-10 lead in shots for the game and took eight corner kicks to FGCU's none. However, Glick was solid in the net. Upstate placed eight shots on goal and Glick made seven saves to earn the shutout victory.
FGCU opened the scoring in the 24th minute after Upstate had been whistled for a foul. After three Eagles faked an attempt to put the direct kick in play, Gill bent a shot around the Spartan wall and into the back of the net to give FGCU a 1-0 lead.
The teams went into the intermission with FGCU leading 1-0 despite the Eagles being out-shot 9-3 in the first 45 minutes of play. Glick, however, was the man on the spot, coming up with six saves.
The teams battled for over 20 minutes without a score in the second half until another Upstate foul created an offensive scoring opportunity for FGCU. After a yellow card was issued to Upstate, Corey Sheriff took the free kick and placed his shot from 28 yards out by a diving Jason McCabe to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead in the 67th minute.
Florida Gulf Coast put the game out of reach in the 72nd minute. Alex Cooper took control of the ball on the right side of the box and played a shot that was deflected off of a Spartan defender. The ball found the feet of Gill who put the shot into the net for the 3-0 lead, McCabe a victim of the deflection. The Eagles added to the lead with two seconds remaining when Ryan Fifi lifted a shot over the outstretched arms of McCabe for the 4-0 final margin.
The game was physical throughout with the teams combining for 36 fouls and four yellow cards.