Men’s soccer sweeps opening weekend
by Jason Cahn
The UWF men’s soccer team battled closely with the Tampa Spartans on Friday night, and ultimately came out with a 2-1 victory in double overtime.
Junior midfielder Ed Chappe scored the game’s first goal, and the Argos first of the season in the 15th minute after a penalty was called. Chappe was the second leading scorer during the 2018 season and showed everyone why he was a 2018 All-GSC first teamer.
The Spartans tied the game up with a goal by Till Neumann in the 28th minute with an assist by Rojay Smith.
In the second half the Argos weren’t able to get past Spartan goalkeeper Jake Richards who recorded a game high four saves in the match.
But sophomore forward Sean Hoffstatter scored the game winning goal in the 108th minute to seal the victory for the Argos. The 2018 goals displayed why he was named to the 2018 D2CCA All-American Third Team.
The Argos led the Spartans with 22 shots in the contest with six being on target. Hoffstatter had game high six shots with three on goal.
Continuing in the weekend season opener the men’s soccer team faced the Saint Leo Lions Sunday afternoon.
A 68th minute goal by freshman midfielder Davi Alves solidified a win for the UWF Argonauts (2-0 GSC 0-0), helping them pick up their second victory after defeating the Saint Leo Lions (0-2 SSC 0-0) in a lopsided 2-1 victory on Sunday at the UWF Soccer Complex.
Tallying their second consecutive 2-1 victory at home, the UWF Argonauts are now an impressive 2-0 on the young season while the Lions drop to 0-2.
Reigning GSC player of the year and senior forward Sean Hoffstatter put the Argos in the lead with a goal in the 24th minute. Hoffstatter has a team high two goals with seven shot attempts on the season.
After the half, Lions freshman midfielder Federico Tellechea scored the game tying goal by converting off a free-kick in the 55th minute.
The lead would not last long as freshman midfielder Alves scored his first goal of the season in the 68th minute to give the Argos the lead and seal the victory.
UWF was aggressive, leading the match with 12 shots, eight of which were on goal. Leading the pack was junior forward Gabriel Arraes who lead the Argos with a game high three shot attempts with two being on goal.
Saint Leo put up five shots, with only two on goal and on the other side of the ball, Lions goalie Christian Evans had a game high six saves during the match.
When asked about the mindset of the team head coach Bill Elliott said, “We have an experienced group and I think they understand that the most important game is always the next one.”
The Argos next contest will be their first away game of the season against Rollins College September 13th in Winter Park at the Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur