Overtime not kind to Flames
by Lee Sports Information
Sep 29, 2013 | 304 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
LEE UNIVERSITY’S Josh Ball, right, battles with Lucas Williams of West Florida University for a loose ball during Friday evening’s Gulf South Conference overtime match at Lee’s soccer field.
LEE UNIVERSITY’S Josh Ball, right, battles with Lucas Williams of West Florida University for a loose ball during Friday evening’s Gulf South Conference overtime match at Lee’s soccer field.
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Coach Paul Furey and his Lee men's soccer team have played six matches this season, and three have gone into overtime periods. The latest came on Friday night when the battling Flames dropped a gut-wrenching 1-0 decision to visiting West Florida.

The first overtime action of the year went into two extra periods and resulted in a draw with Union University. The next game was a two overtime loss to Christian Brothers, and then you can tack on this Friday's disappointing one overtime loss.

The Argonauts (5-2-0, 4-1-0) claimed the victory near the six-minute mark in the extra period when Igor Dias collected a rebound after a block by Lee keeper Tom Halsall, and ripped the ball into the back of the net. The winning assist went to Japhet Bitsindou.

The final stats verify how evenly-played the match was from start to finish. The visitors had 15 shots, and eight were on goal. The Flames attempted 14 shots, and eight were on target. Halsall posted nine saves, and West Florida keeper Frederik Bruhn, who was the GSC Player of the Week, also recorded seven saves. The Argonauts had seven corner kicks to five for the Flames.

The Flames (2-3-1, 1-2-1) had a couple of golden opportunities to win with some 20 minutes remaining in the second half. Josh Ball had a header turned away by Bruhn, and Arturo Rocha also had a near miss.

"It was a bit of a deja vu all over again from last weekend," said Furey. "We played well enough to win, but a breakdown in OT cost us the game."

Furey admitted it was hard for him to be upset with his club.

"They are playing so well against the conference favorites,” he said. “We just need to catch a little break. It will come."

The coach praised the work of Halsall in goal.

"It's a shame that we didn't get this one against a good team, but our fans are great and we will win some exciting games for them," Furey said.

The road for the Flames does not get any easier.

They will regroup and travel to Livingston, Ala., and face 25th-ranked West Alabama this afternoon.

The Tigers (5-1-1, 3-1-1) suffered their first loss of the season on Friday to Shorter, 1-0.