MELBOURNE, Fla.-The Florida Tech Panthers (2-5-0, 1-3-0) ring in the new “Robin Chan” era puling off a much needed Sunshine State Conference win in only
their second home match. The Panthers were able to keep up a solid defense shutting down the Nova Southeastern Knights (5-4-0, 1-2-0) 1-0 in conference
action this afternoon at the Rick Stottler Field. This win is Tech’s first conference win in over two seasons.
Today’s victory proved to be rookie Head Coach Robin Chan’s first collegiate shut-out. Two of Chan’s Melbourne Central Catholic alumni also grabbed
collegiate milestones. Freshman keeper and Melbourne native Cory Collins (2-4-1) picked up his first shutout allowing no goals on two saves. Fellow
freshman forward Matt Cermak (Melbourne, FL) tallied hit first career goal as well for the Panthers.
Both teams were scoreless at the half, with Nova Southeastern out-shooting Tech four to one in the first period. The Panthers came back strong from the
locker room shooting five to the Knight’s three bagging their second conference goal.
At the 65th minute, senior forward Mohammed Al Sharif passed an effective blow to Cermack who dribbled it past two Nova Southeastern defenders and drew the
keeper out of the net allowing a wide open shot on goal.
The Knight’s goalie junior Adam Spinelli (Stafford, VA) suffered the loss tallying two saves while giving up the lone goal of the match.
The Panthers will be back in action on Saturday, October 1st hosting Palm Beach Atlantic at 4:00 p.m. on the Stottler Field. The Knight’s next match is at
home hosting SSC Rival Rollins at a 7:00 p.m. start.