Men's Soccer Drops 4-0 Decision at Florida Gulf Coast

Men's Soccer Drops 4-0 Decision at Florida Gulf Coast

Box Score

How It Happened:

After a scoreless first half, Florida Gulf Coast took advantage of a Rhode Island red card and went on to tally four goals while playing a man up on the Rams. Francesco DiStefano (49:17), Josey Portillo (67:08), Xavier Silva (71:43) and Scott Harrison (86:22) all found the back of the net for the Eagles while Rhody was held scoreless for the second game in a row.

Inside the Box Score:

  • With the loss, Rhode Island drops to 1-4 on the season while Florida Gulf Coast improves to 1-1-2.
  • FGCU held a 20-6 advantage in total shots and a 6-2 edge in shots on goal.
  • The Rams out-cornered the Eagles, 8-6.
  • FGCU committed 17 fouls to Rhody's 14.
  • Florida Gulf Coast was whistled offsides 11 times, while the Rams were just twice.
  • URI was issued three yellow cards. Florida Gulf Coast had two.
  • Rhode Island senior Oscar Zorilla picked up a red card in the 48th minute, forcing the Rams to play a man down the rest of the way.
  • Redshirt senior goalkeeper Peyton Warwick finished with two saves in goal for the Rams while FGCU's Adam Glick also turned away a pair of shots for the Eagles.
  • Redshirt sophomore Adam Blanchard replaced Warwick in the 77th minute, marking his first-ever appearance for the Rams.
  • Zorilla and freshman Mike Casey both made their first career starts at Florida Gulf Coast.
  • Freshman Ross Morison URI with two shots (both on goal). Portillo, Ryan Price and and Deion Jones each put a team-high three attempts on net for Florida Gulf Coast.

Additional Notes:

  • Thursday's game was the first ever between Rhode Island and Florida Gulf Coast.
  • The win was the Eagles' first of the year. It also marked the first time this season that Rhody lost by more than one goal.
  • The Rams have now been shut out three times and have allowed eight goals while scoring just two.
  • Zorilla's ejection is the Rams' third of the season as Ribbens was ejected (two yellows) at New Hampshire and Sykes was ejected (two yellows) at Bryant.
  • Because of the red card and resulting ejection, Zorilla will have to sit out the next match for Rhode Island.
  • Junior Robby Gargaro has not missed a game - or a start - since joining the Rams in 2009. As a freshman, he started in each of URI's 20 matches and went on to start all 18 games last season. Thursday's contest against FGCU extended Gargaro's streak to 43 consecutive starts.

Up Next:
The Rams are back in action on Sunday, Sept. 11, when they travel to Harvard for a 3:30 p.m. match against the Crimson.