JACKSON, Tenn. (men’s soccer)– The Panthers flew north to Jackson, Tennessee to take on the Eagles of Lambuth University. The outcome proved victorious for
the Panthers of Florida Tech 4-to-1 with Edward Oyarce (Miami, Fla.) leading the Panthers with a hat trick. This proved to be the second hat trick this
year with fellow freshman Ross Allen (Guernsey, United Kingdom) producing the three goal feat earlier this season.
The Eagles struck early netting the first goal of the game. Tech quickly answered back retaliating in the 10th minute when Edward Oyarce (Miami, Fla.) took
advantage of a bad played ball by the Eagles in the backfield scoring the tying goal.
The momentum continued with Oyarce notching his second goal and the eventual game winner from a passed ball from teammate Allen in the 18th minute.
Allen added to his stats at the end of the first half in the 44th minute when he scored his seventh goal of the season. Senior Nick Cepeda (Southbridge,
Mass.) was awarded the assist giving the Panthers the lead 3-to-1 going into the half.
Coming off the break, the Panthers didn’t let up scoring notching the insurance goal and giving Oyarce his first collegiate hat-trick for the young
midfielder. Oyarce now has nine points on the season with today’s three goals and his previous three assists for the 2006 campaign. Oyarce scored his third
and final goal off a ball played by Piers Ockleford (Guernsey, United Kingdom) giving the Panthers a 4-1 lead which was enough to put the Eagles away for
Cory Collins (Melbourne, Fla.) and Tim Matassa (Portland, Maine) recorded the combined team win; Collins was injured at the end of the first half allowing
Matassa to play the second half and end the game.
The Panthers are now 2-4-1 overall and 0-1 in the SSC. They will continue on in Tennessee to play Christian Brothers in Memphis on Sunday, September 24 at
12:00 p.m. central standard time.
At the time of this release no official statistics were received. All information was reported by Head Coach Robin Chan. As soon as official stats are
sent the team’s overall statistics will be adjusted.