CLINTON, S.C. – The Presbyterian College men’s soccer team dropped a 2-0 game to Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday at Martin Stadium. The Eagles’ O’Vonte Mullings scored both goals off assists from Chris Clement. The Blue Hose fall to 0-2 on the year while FGCU improves to 1-1.
How It Happened
The game started slowly with both teams limiting the chances and splitting the time of possession through the first ten minutes. Adrian Edo Martin’s corner kick 16 minutes into the game bounced through the box and gave the game its first look at a scoring chance. Minutes later, Brison Moorhead charged towards a lead pass from the Eagles’ Mullings and broke up a potential one-on-one chance for Shak Adams.
Mullings would open the scoring in the 25th minute with a header off an excellent cross from Clement. The Blue Hose flirted with an equalizer just minutes later as Sergio Pinto sent a dangerous ball into the box. With less than five minutes remaining in the half, Yacine Tchemmoun crossed a ball to the back post and over FGCU’s Connor Gavigan to find the head of Ryan Standridge. However, the junior’s shot narrowly found the post and deflected away from danger.
The Blue Hose came out strong in the second half and received two corners in the first three minutes. Edo Martin’s second corner appeared to have a chance to curl in at 47:35, but Vasconcelos smothered it off the line.
Mullings extended the lead to 2-0 in the 53rd minute off a low cross and one-touch placement past the PC keeper.
Moorhead stood strong with a couple of quick saves on Adams and Jahan Rajaee in the 63rd minute. Following a red card to PC’s Victor Menudier in the 75th minute, Moorhead saved a penalty kick attempt from the Eagles’ Miguel Perez.
Florida Gulf Coast outshot PC by a margin of 16-12, but the Blue Hose led in corner kicks 10-2. Moorhead made seven saves and allowed two goals in his collegiate debut, while Gavigan collected three saves and his first win of the season.
The Blue Hose will travel to NC State on Friday, August 31, to play a 7 p.m. game against the Wolfpack. The game will be shown on the ACC Network.