Preseason Recap: Strikers v. FAU
Match: Fort Lauderdale Strikers (FTL) vs. Florida Atlantic University (FAU)
Result: Win 6-1
Competition: Preseason Friendly
Venue: FAU Soccer Stadium; Boca Raton, Fla.
Kickoff: 4:00 p.m. ET
Weather: 79 degrees, cloudy
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FAU- Hunter Prichard- 13th minute
FTL- Chirs Nurse (Mark Anderson)- 20
FTL- Mark Anderson (Martin Nuñez)- 50
FTL- Darnell King (Iván Guerrero)- 52
FTL- Manny Gonzalez- 55
FTL- Mitchell Lopes*- 70
FTL- Aly Alberto Hassan (penalty kick)- 78
Strikers (4-1-4-1) – Lionel Brown (Trialist 67); Matt Hall (Trialist 46), Rafael Alves (Justin Chavez 46), Stefan Antonijevic, Iván Guerrero (Trialist 67); Chris Nurse (Trialist 46); Darnell King, Mark Anderson, Carlos Salazar (Manny Gonzalez 46), Martin Nuñez (Trialist 67); Yaikel Pérez (Aly Alberto Hassan 46)
Head Coach: Günter Kronsteiner
FAU (4-5-1) – Theo Jamiloux; Braxton Fuster, Owen McCorkle, Michael Quinn, Kai Holliday; Deniz Bozkurt, Hunter Prichard, Jason Fitzgerald, Ronald Garcia, Patrick Darby; Ryan Price
Head Coach: Kos Donev
BOCA RATON – The Fort Lauderdale Strikers defeated the Florida Atlantic University Owls 6-1 in a preseason friendly in front of a standing-room only crowd at FAU Soccer Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla. After a cagey first half, three second-half goals in a five-minute span gave the Strikers an insurmountable lead.
FAU went ahead on an early freak goal aided by the wind, but the Strikers responded almost immediately through Chris Nurse. A corner kick from the left took a couple deflections before meeting the head of Fort Lauderdale’s newest signing who applied the finishing touch past the keeper.
After going into the halftime interval level, the Strikers found their rhythm early in the second half with goals from Mark Anderson, Darnell King and Manny Gonzalez.
Gonzalez’ clever flick over the defense found Martin Nuñez in space, alone with the keeper. Martin unselfishly reversed the ball to Anderson who buried the opportunity.
Darnell King was the recipient of a trademark run and cross from Iván Guerrero on the left, smashing the ball into the net. Gonzalez scored a brilliant individual goal moments later with a laser beam from 30 yards that was destined to fly into the top corner of the net as soon as it left his foot. The crowd gave him a standing ovation for the thunderous strike.
Trialist Mitchell Lopes got on the board with a beautiful volley, before Aly Alberto Hassan increased the lead further after scoring a penalty kick he earned.
The Strikers next preseason match is against Nova Southeastern University on March 22. The game is free and open to the public.