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Eastern Florida Men's Soccer Moves on in District Playoffs With 4-3 Victory

Oct. 30, 2013 - The margin wasn't what Eastern Florida State College head men's soccer coach Oliver Twelvetrees was hoping for but the result was.

And thanks to its razor-thin 4-3 victory over host Middle Georgia State College in Cochran, GA on Wednesday the Titans remain alive in the NJCAA Division I district playoffs.

Eastern Florida moves to the semifinal round where it faces host Darton College, scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, in Albany, GA. The district final is Sunday.

The Titans beat Darton 4-3 on its home field on Sept. 6 and then played the Cavaliers to a 2-2 double overtime draw on Oct. 4 in Melbourne.

Twelvetrees doesn't expect anything less for the third meeting, which was essentially what the Titans got in their third game against Middle Georgia on Wednesday.

The Titans led at half 3-2 on goals from Arturo Roosen, Brandon Loafman - on a penalty kick - and Ivan Magalhaes. Magalhaes' goal on a header broke a 2-2 tie after the Titans surrendered leads of 1-0 and 2-1.

The Titans gave away their third lead of the game as Middle Georgia tied it at 3-3 on a long-range direct free kick with 22 minutes to play in the second half.

But Eastern Florida gained a crucial man advantage when a Middle Georgia player received his second yellow card of the game and was sent off with 10 minutes to play. Eastern Florida made the advantage pay off as Roosen headed in his second goal for the winning margin with five minutes remaining.

Eastern Florida goalkeeper Jorge Madera was called upon to make four key saves as Middle Georgia broke down the Titans defense several times.

Keenan King had two assists for Eastern Florida.

Middle Georgia finished at 3-12-1. Eastern Florida improved to 11-1-1 and has an 11-game unbeaten streak. It is ranked fourth in both national polls. Darton is fifth in both polls.

"Today was good to get through, it was a tough game to play," Twelvetrees said. "The condition of the field was poor and Middle Georgia really lifted its game and played very physical and direct. It was very difficult for us to play our usual passing game. They caused us danger the whole game but we showed great heart. We were not going to let that game slip away."

As for the semifinals: "Darton is going to raise their game. They are playing at home in the semifinals.We expect a battle."