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Eastern Florida Men, Darton Play to 2-2 Double Overtime Draw
Oct. 4, 2013 - In a match-up befitting two men's soccer teams ranked in the top 7 in the nation No. 7 Eastern Florida State College and No. 2 Darton College played to an excruciating 2-2 double overtime draw on Friday on the Melbourne Campus.
Eastern Florida has now played Darton twice – both times when the Cavaliers were second-ranked - and has yet to lose. The first match of the season, Sept. 6 on the Cavaliers' home field, ended 4-3 to Eastern Florida.
On Friday Eastern Florida got two goals from freshman and leading scorer Jordan Muir, the second a rocket from about 30 yards out, for leads of 1-0 and 2-1. But the Titans conceded two penalty kicks to Darton sophomore Allan Kuhne, both on apparent hand balls.
And while Titans freshman goalkeeper Jorge Madera's five saves – including two in the first overtime – kept his team in the game, he couldn't deny Kuhne.
And while Eastern Florida outshot Darton 27-12 Cavaliers freshman goalkeeper Adam Cahill did his part as well to keep the Titans at bay.
"The boys played hard tonight, we created a lot of chances again," said Eastern Florida head coach Oliver Twelvetrees. "We should have won the game, simple as that.
"But give the other team credit, they played hard as well. They were dangerous on the counterattack. They had their chances too. We've just got to be little more clinical in front of goal and then we can beat anybody."
As for Madera: "He's a quality keeper," Twelvetrees said. "He kept us in the game tonight. They probably had the best chance (in overtime). He's a great keeper.
"I'd definitely like to mention (freshman defender) Ivan (Magalhaes). He was absolutely phenomenal tonight. He was even our most dangerous weapon going forward and had some chances.
"Our whole back line was good. We limited the top goal scorer in the country (Darton freshman Darwin Espinal) to I think maybe two shots."
The draw moved Eastern Florida's record to 7-1-1 but kept its seven match unbeaten streak intact. Darton is 10-1-1.
And while both teams are guaranteed spots in the NJCAA Division I postseason and could meet again, on Friday the focus was on the result and how far Eastern Florida has come as a first-year program.
"It shows we're a great team," Muir said. "We're going out and getting good results against high-ranked teams."
Madera, who admitted to getting just the very tips of his fingers on the ball for the final save in the first overtime, echoed Muir's sentiments.
"We're the kind of team that no matter what it's always for a win," he said with what little voice had had remaining after barking out orders for 110 minutes.
"I think we showed it tonight and the first time we played them."
Assists on Muir's goals went to Kevyn McFarlane, Justin Gavin, Johnathan Quintero and Keenan King.
Next up for Eastern Florida is a 7 p.m. Wednesday scrimmage against Central Brevard Soccer U-18 club team and then a Saturday home match with Florida College System Activities Association and Region 8 foe Broward College at a time to be announced.
Eastern Florida has beaten Broward twice this season in earning its postseason bid.
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