UWF Men’s Soccer falls short to Rollins College 3-1 in home opener
By Tony Mixon
UWF men’s soccer team fell to No. 25 Rollins College Tars in their home opener 3-1. The Argos record now stands at 0-2-1 after their loss Friday.
The Tars were very aggressive from the opening kick of the game, getting several goal attempts. Rollins was first on the board 14 minutes into the game by forward Stefan Avram. UWF’s midfielder Andrew Wentz knew this was a part of their game plan.
“We knew Rollins was coming in direct,” Wentz said. “We knew they were going to play through [Avram] their top forward.”
The Argos had trouble moving the ball around in the first half, with only one shot on goal in the first period.
“We didn’t do a good job of moving the ball side to side,” head coach Bill Elliot said. “We were playing ourselves onto one side of the field and just getting ourselves into problem areas that we just couldn’t get out of.”
The Argos adjusted and looked to turn the tide in the second half. Forward Rafael Godoi scored a goal five minutes into the second half, tying the score 1-1.
UWF became the aggressors to start the second half and had Rollins on their heels. The Tars’ took the lead at the 75-minute mark from a goal by defender Daniel Field.
Things got chippy towards the end of the game as goalkeeper Jacob Murray drew a red card from the referees. Murray was ejected from the game and replaced by Tanner Kukes at with 10 minutes remaining. UWF’s Ed Chappe and Hakeem Reid received yellow cards earlier in the game as well.
Rollins scored another goal late at the 89-minute mark by midfielder Damian Clarke to put the nail in the coffin.
The Argos opened up the season on a tough schedule playing two nationally ranked teams in Rollins College and the University of Tampa. They tied against Tampa and lost from a late game push by Rollins. Althought the results have been disappointing, Wentz thinks they need to use these games to figure out a plan for conference play.
“Obviously we have to regroup, and we have to figure out what we’re going to do going forward,” Wentz said. “What we need to do is find where we are and make sure we’re ready to go when we hit our GSC conference play.”
Rollins finished the game with 16 shots compared to UWF’s 11. The Argos doubled the amount of fouls committed with 10 to Rollins’ five.
The Argos will look to bounce back at home against Saint Leo (2-1-0) Sunday at 12:30 p.m.