First-Half Propels Daytona past Andrew

First-Half Propels Daytona past Andrew

CUTHBERT, Ga. -- A quartet of first-half goals propelled Daytona State (1-0-0) to a 5-0 victory over Andrew (1-1-0) on Saturday.

"You have to give a lot of credit to Daytona State, they are a really good team and good teams will punish you for mistakes," stated head coach Rudy Roediger. "When you look at the score you can feel like there are no positives. But I think we can take away some things from this; Daytona is a great team and they were ruthless."

"We created chances, but did not convert them in key moments. If we score, it can change the game. We had a good spell and created a couple scoring chances early. When we gave up the second goal we put our heads down and then saw a four goal deficit at the break. We have to regroup as there is a lot of soccer left."

Andrew built up a nice attack down the left wing in the 14th minute when Ryan Davey (Hampshire, England) combined with Jojo Mendes (Boca Raton, Fla.). Davey's placed shot on goal was pulled in for a save by Plancarte.

Daytona broke the deadlock in the 16th minute when Hussein converted a pass from Segree that thwarted the Andrew defense.

After Daytona added it's second of the match in the 34th minute Juan Garcia (Taubate, Brazil) nearly drew one back for the Andrew. A pointed pass from Troy Ceasar (Road Town, British Virgin Islands) spit the Falcon's central defensive pairing of O'Keeffe and Berg to find the feet of Garcia. The first year midfielder nearly netted his first collegiate goal, but the recovery of Berg blocked the ensuing shot from the top of the box.

The Falcons took control of the affair with two more first half goals in the 38th minute by O'Keefe and in the 42nd minute by Swan.

A reenergized Andrew squad kept Daytona at bay until two minutes from the end when Felix added the final goal in the 88th minute.

Making their collegiate debuts for the Fighting Tigers was Henry Brown (Ripon, England) and Juan Garcia.

Andrew returns to action on Friday, Sept. 9, when the Fighting Tigers travel to Thomasville, Ga., for a 2 p.m. kickoff at Remington Park against Thomas University Reserves.