No. 3 North Florida Battles Back; Advances To Men's @ASUNSoccer Championship Semifinals

No. 3 North Florida Battles Back; Advances To Men's @ASUNSoccer Championship Semifinals

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In Friday's 2019 ASUN Conference Men's Soccer Championship First Round action, No. 3 North Florida came back to stun No. 6 Liberty 3-2 in overtime in an instant classic on the pitch. Down 2-0 with less than three minutes remaining, the Ospreys scored two goals to send the match into overtime and completed the comeback at the FGCU Soccer Complex in Fort Myers, Fla.

The Flames jumped on the scoreboard early with a goal by Brayden Borutskie in the fourth minute of play off a pass from Seth Clark. Near the end of the first half, Tyler Welch added another goal, his third of the season, to give Liberty a 2-0 lead heading into halftime.

The Ospreys (6-7-2) had many chances in the second half as they posted seven shots to the Flames one. With 2:23 remaining in regulation, Torian Went cut the Liberty lead in half with an unassisted goal. Less than 90 seconds later Zane Bubb tied the match with 1:01 left on the clock sending the match into overtime. 

A Liberty foul inside the box with 1:11 left in the overtime period set up a penalty kick for North Florida which Jake Hawker sent into the right bottom corner of the net, the opposite direction of a diving Brogan Engbers, the Flames goalkeeper, to end the match.

Turning Point

After controlling much of the second half, the Ospreys' Torian Went was there for the rebound and misplayed Liberty clear in the 88th minute to squeeze it past Engbers. That momentum set up Zane Bubb's goal in the 89th minute which tied the match sending it to overtime.

Scoring Summary

  • 3:38 - LU's Brayden Borutskie (Seth Clark)
  • 44:15 - LU's Tyler Welch (unassisted)
  • 87:37 - UNF's Torian Went (unassisted)
  • 88:59 - UNF's Zane Bubb (Jake Hawker)
  • 98:49 - UNF's Jake Hawker (penalty kick)

Inside The Box Score 

  • In the first half, Liberty outshot North Florida 5-4 with each team putting three shots on target. The Ospreys reversed that trend with a 9-1 shot advantage combined in the second half and overtime periods.
  • North Florida scored both regulation goals less than 90 seconds apart which tied the match.
  • UNF's three goals mark the first match this season that the Ospreys have netted more than two goals. 
  • Tonight's match was a physical one as the two teams combined for 22 fouls and five cautions.

News & Notes

  • After scoring just one goal in conference play this season, Liberty doubled that with two goals in the match tonight. 
  • The No. 3 seed improves to 17-15-6 in the ASUN Championship, including a 13-4-2 over the No. 6 Seed. 
  • North Florida earned its first win in the ASUN Championship since 2015, when they defeated Lipscomb 2-1 and went on to earn the title after posting a 7-0 shutout over USC Upstate.
  • Entering the match tonight UNF had not converted a penalty kick this season and are now 1-for-2 on the year. 
  • Liberty falls to 0-2-0 all-time in ASUN Championship history.
  • The match was the first overtime contest of the season for Liberty while it was the fourth for North Florida; the Ospreys have not lost an overtime match this season (2-0-2).
  • At least one match has gone to overtime in the past three ASUN Men's Soccer Championships.

Up Next

No. 3 North Florida advances to battle No. 2 FGCU in the ASUN Championship Semifinal Sunday, at the FGCU Soccer Complex in Fort Myers, Fla. Liberty finishes the 2019 season with a 5-13-0 overall record.

The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.