The Fort Lauderdale Strikers defeated Nova Southeastern University (NSU) 5-0 in the penultimate match of the preseason schedule. Stefan Dimitrov scored a hat-trick, while David Foley and Andy Herron each scored one.
With the win, the Strikers are 5-0 in five preseason matches. The team is yet to allow a single goal in preseason.
“I thought we were sharp and defended pretty well,” said head coach Daryl Shore. “All in all we are pleased with the effort and happy we did well with our chances.”
Dimitrov opened the scoring for the Strikers in the 16 th minute. Matt Glaeser started the play with a long throw to Anderson in the center of midfield, who then sent Foley running down the right. Foley’s low cross was deftly tucked away.
“I thought our first goal was one of the best counter attacks I’ve seen in a long time, as far as getting the ball from Matt [Glaeser] all the way up to the goal,” said Shore.
The forward bagged his second of the night on a full volley, smashing the ball into the roof of the net from inside the box to double the Strikers’ lead.
David Foley—making his unofficial debut for the Strikers—made it 3-0 on the stroke of halftime with a tap-in. Just minutes earlier Foley stepped up to take a penalty kick after being pulled down in the box, but Giombetti guessed correctly to deny the former Puerto Rico Islander.
Dimitrov completed his hat-trick after tucking away the Strikers fourth goal on the night from close range. The Bulgarian faked out the keeper after finding himself in a one-on-one situation following a delicate chipped through ball from Anderson on the edge of the box.
Andy Herron scored his first of the preseason following a give-and-go with Stefan Dimitrov on the edge of the area. The Costa Rican faked the keeper and slotted the ball into the open net.
Glaeser, though largely untested, earned antother clean sheet. The Strikers have outscored teams by a combined 15-0 in five preseason matches this season.
Fort Lauderdale concludes the series of collegiate friendlies this Saturday, March 23 against Florida Atlantic University. Tickets are $5 for adults. Children under 13, wearing their club jersey, are admitted free, as are FAU students and staff. At halftime, fans will have a chance to participate in the Flying High Soccer Ball Kick Contest. Contestants will compete to see who has the furthest kick. The Owls and Strikers will have a post-game autograph session at the field.
The Strikers open the season at home on April 6th versus FC Edmonton. For all game information and times of matches, visit Strikers.com.
FTL- Stefan Dimitrov (David Foley)- 16th - 1-0
FTL- Stefan Dimitrov (unassisted)- 38th - 2-0
FTL- David Foley (unassisted)- 45th - 3-0
FTL- Stefan Dimitrov (Mark Anderson)- 65th - 4-0
FTL- Andy Herron (Stefan Dimitrov)- 73rd - 5-0
Fort Lauderdale (4-2-3-1)- Matt Glaeser; Scott Gordon, Shavar Thomas (Mike Dietze 75), Toni Ståhl (c), Ivan Guerrero (Daniel Arcila 58); Pecka (Justin Chavez 68), Rubens (Manny Gonzalez 64); Darnell King (Jemal Johnson 75), Mark Anderson, David Foley (Andy Herron 46); Stefan Dimitrov
Nova Southeastern (4-4-2)- Andrea Giombetti; Stefano Noce, Karl Enarsson, Matthias Bruno, Nicola Brivio; Guido Riffeser, Andrea Spuntarelli, Stefano Fanfoni, David Robles; Juan Rodriguez, Matthew Ilter
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