Offensive Explosion Lifts Bulls Over Owls 5-3
Wilson nets two goals; Latti scores on his first career shot
BOCA RATON, FL – The University at Buffalo men’s soccer team captured its first Mid-American Conference victory by defeating Florida Atlantic, 5-3 on Friday night at the FAU Soccer Stadium. On the Bulls’ first two goals of the contest there was a bit of déjà vu as junior Rich Wilson scored a pair of goals off similar plays. Freshman Risto Latti scored the eventual gamewinner for his first career goal off his first career shot.
On the Bulls’ second goal, it was a bit of déjà vu as Gradwell found Wilson once again on a cross pass inside the 18-yard box. This time around Wilson picked the opposite corner for his second goal of the contest, burying it in the right upper corner for a Bulls’ 2-0 lead in the 10th minute.
The Bulls’ offense continued to dominate play in the first half. Off a corner kick deflection, freshman Latti received a feed from fellow freshman Matthew Chereson. Latti chipped his first shot of his career over the goalkeeper’s head for his first career goal and a Bulls’ 4-0 lead in the 35th minute.
The Bulls regained their four-goal lead in the 72nd minute on a counter-attack off a failed Florida Atlantic corner kick. Freshman Casey Derkaczdropped a perfect pass behind the Owls’ defense as sophomore Lucas Bassan raced for the ball. Bassan scooped up the pass and dribbled in on goal, beating the goalie for his fourth goal of the season and a UB 5-1 lead.
The Bulls held a 12-10 shot advantage with Wilson and senior Dan Bulley recording three shots apiece.
The Bulls (6-9-1, 1-4 MAC) will conclude the 2009 regular season on the road when they face MAC opponent Western Michigan on Saturday, November 7 at 1:00 pm.
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