UWF soccer misses big opportunities, settles for draw against Lee
By Tony Mixon
UWF and the Lee University Flames fought, almost literally, for first place in the conference but ended in a scoreless draw.
The Argos (6-2-2) came into the game riding a six-game winning streak but ended in a tie after two overtimes. This is their second scoreless draw and their first since against Tampa the opening game.
The Flames (7-2-2) and the Argos turned the match today into a battle field. Both teams played a physical style of soccer that was the result of six cards being pulled.
Both sides boiled over into the first overtime as UWF’s Rafael Godoi made a play on the ball and caused Lee’s Samir Williams to fall. Both teams got into a scuffle that was eventually broken up.
Williams and Godoi got into an altercation and it resulted in red cards for both players with under four minutes left in the first overtime.
Four of the six cards were issued in the overtime periods and it was the culmination of the entire game. Both teams were playing a physical style to gain control of the GSC standings.
The fouls were almost even between both ball clubs. UWF had 14 to Lee’s 16.
Lee was led by GSC’s top rated goalie Daniel Hrenko with 16 saves.
Forward Sean Hoffstatter doesn’t think this is a time to put their heads down after the draw.
“We had 20 shots and 17 were saved by the goalie,” said Hoffstatter. “We had a lot of shots, they were on target and he made great saves.”
UWF was aggressive from the start of the game to the end finishing with 21 shots compared to Lee’s 10.
Even though the Argo’s didn’t come out with a win, Hoffstatter still believes this was their best game based on the opponent.
“One of our assistant coaches said this was the best game we’ve played so far, and I agree with him,” Hoffstatter said. “We came out and we fought, and their goalie had 17 saves to Jacob’s three.
In most games, teams come out prepared to play a full 90 minutes, but they were asked to punch in their clock for overtime.
The Argos still stayed aggressive in overtime even after playing a hard-fought regulation game.
Hoffstatter was proud of his teammates for continuing to fight through adversity.
“Nothing but pure hustle, grind, and grit,” said Hoffstater. “We knew once we went into overtime, it’s all mental from there.”
Lee University remains in first place of the conference standings after the tie and West Florida sits in second place.
Next on the schedule for the the Argos is a match against Shorter on Sunday.