UNF upsets No. 11 FGCU on the road

By Brian Jackson - Digital sports reporter
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After falling behind by two goals 13 minutes into Tuesday’s match against No. 11 Florida Gulf Coast University, things were looking bleak for North Florida. But the Osprey’s wouldn’t go quietly. An Adrian Nunez goal in the 29th minute cut the FGCU lead in half.

Nunez would strike again 12:12 into the second half, tying the game at two apiece. A little over six minutes later, Nunez delivered a perfect lead pass to freshman Mikey Connelly who buried his first collegiate goal into the left corner of the net for the game-winning score.

The 3-2 victory over FGCU was the first every by the Ospreys over a Top-25 opponent.

"Obviously they are a great team and that shows in their ability to score along with how they are regarded nationally,” said Osprey’s head coach Derek Marinatos. “They put us in a pretty adverse situation in the beginning part of the match. I'm proud of how the team responded and happy for the seniors, this is a big win for our program, I hope the guys get credit they deserve nationally for their hard work this season."

FGCU came into the match with the nation's longest win streak (10 games) and Tuesday was their first regular season loss to an ASUN opponent since 2008.

"At the end of the day, sets us up to be a high seed in the ASUN tournament which has been our goal from the beginning,” said Marinatos. “As a team we're going to shift our focus to three very tough opponents remaining on our schedule."

The Ospreys will continue ASUN play this weekend when they travel to Stetson Saturday night.

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