ATLANTA, Ga. - Six victories highlighted the opening day of ASUN Conference Men's Soccer action, which included a win vs. a top-25 team and four road triumphs. FGCU provided the final victory of the night as the Eagles defeated No. 13 Michigan in Ann Arbor.
ASUN Men's Soccer Results - Friday, Aug. 30
FGCU 4, #13 Michigan 3
NJIT 7, Sacred Heart 0
Jacksonville 2, Marist 1
Liberty 2, Radford 1
Stetson 1, College of Charleston 0
North Florida 1, USC Upstate 0 (OT)
SMU 3, Lipscomb 0
Ryan Medilah tallied the first three goals of the night for FGCU as he netted a hat trick before Ivan Rosales added the game-winner for the Eagles against the Wolverines. The 4-3 decision gave the Eagles their fourth-ever victory against a Big Ten foe as they pushed their record to 4-3-1. Medilah scored twice in the first 15 minutes and added a goal in the 57th minute. Gustavo Vasconcelos made six saves in the victory as he faced 16 total shots.
NJIT crushed Sacred Heart with a 7-0 victory to give the Highlanders their fifth-straight victory against the Pioneers. Rene White led the way with two goals as six different individuals tallied goals. White struck first in the 14th minute as NJIT added three more goals before halftime; Thomas Radon (17'), White (42') and Andrew Nino (42'). With the game well in-hand, the Highlanders added three goals in the final 15 minutes courtesy of Luc Smith, Andy Alvarez and Daniel Rodriguez.
Jacksonville responded from Marist's opening goal with a 2-1 victory on scores from Steven Saunders (40') and Jesus Colombo (81'). Saunders scored just four minutes after the Red Foxes to even the contest at 1-1 as his low-driven shot found the far post and back of the net. Colombo's game-winner came as the Dolphins teamed up for a beautiful build from the middle of the field as Jake Johnson dished the assist for the deciding goal.
Liberty followed the same path as Jacksonville as the Flames fell behind Radford in the 16th minute but responded with two goals to earn a 2-1 road win vs. the Highlanders. Jordan Barbara converted a penalty kick in the 30th minute before Sebastian Valdez poked in a loose ball in front of the net to give Liberty the lead in the 43rd minute. Brogan Engbers stopped five shots to secure the win for Liberty.
Stetson collected a 1-0 road victory against College of Charleston on an early goal from Franck Kouentchi. He struck in the eighth minute as he dribbled inside of the left side of the box before converting his shot. Lute Lillo-Portero made two saves to earn the shutout. The Hatters outshot the Cougars, 13-11, including a 10-4 advantage in the second half.
North Florida extended its win streak to six against USC Upstate with a 1-0 overtime victory on its home turf. Playing to a scoreless draw in regulation, the Ospreys outshot the Spartans 13-2 with none of Upstate's shots finding the frame. Jake Hawker ended the match only three minutes into overtime. Padriac Gilley earned the win in the net for North Florida.
Lipscomb fell in its season opener against a fellow NCAA Tournament team from last year in a 3-0 loss to SMU. The Bisons return to action on Monday at Tulsa.
Men's Soccer Upcoming Schedule - Sunday, Sept. 1
Stetson vs. UNC Wilmington - 2 PM
Liberty vs. Incarnate Word - 6 PM
Men's Soccer Upcoming Schedule - Monday, Sept. 2
FGCU at #7 Michigan State - 1 PM
Jacksonville at USC Upstate - 7 PM
NJIT vs. Fordham - 7 PM
Lipscomb at Tulsa - 7 PM CT
NJIT at La Salle - 7 PM