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EFSC Men's Soccer Wins First National Tournament Match
November 19, 2013, TYLER, TX – Eastern Florida’s men’s soccer team seemed a bit unsettled after they took the field against Burlington County in the NJCAA Division I championships Tuesday afternoon: “a little nervous, being in the tournament for the first time,” in the words of Coach Oliver Twelvetrees.
It lasted about 27 minutes.
After Burlington’s Sebastian Capozucchi took advantage of goalmouth confusion to knock a ball into the Titans’ net, they recovered their nerve and came away with a 3-1 victory in pool play.
Eastern Florida (14-1-2), which now stands atop Division D in the tourney, will take on second-place Yavapai at 4 p.m. EST tomorrow.
“We conceded a rather foolish goal after a collision involving the goalkeeper (Jorge Madera), but after our first goal, we knew it was over,” Twelvetrees said.
The goal in question came in the 43rd minute, when freshman midfielder Keenan King blasted a 30-yard free kick past Burlington keeper John Richards to equalize.
Eastern Florida came out ready to contend in the second half, and it culminated in a neat bit of combination play involving Bayside High School graduate Brandon Loafman and Melbourne alumnus Romario Grant.
Grant slipped the ball to Loafman, who threaded it between two of the New Jerseyans before striking the net for what was listed as an unassisted goal.
The Titans then took complete command of the match, icing it with a King-to-Loafman pass that ended with Loafman scoring his second goal of the match.
Twelvetrees praised his young team.
“Our back line was solid as always, and what a season Keenan has had. He came off the bench to do what he did,” he said.
They will not have time to rest, however, as Arizona-based Yavapai (18-2-4), which drew with Burlington 1-1 and then won 4-3 on penalty kicks Monday should be ready to go.
The other guys had a day off, so they will be rested,” Twelvetrees said. “That’s a tough team, very physical and very good on set pieces, so it should be a tough one.”
To view tomorrow’s match via webcast, go to www.njcaatv.com/soccerchamp.