Aug. 24, 2012
Siena scored more goals than it did in all but two games last year but North Florida ended the game with three unanswered goals as the Saints fell 4-2 at the Ospreys in the season opener for both teams Friday night in the Mike Gibbs Memorial Tournament. Falko Friedrichs and Sindre Ek netted the Saints' first two goals of 2012.
Both Siena (0-1) and North Florida (1-0) averaged less than a goal per game last season, but each squad opened things up offensively in the season's first match.
The Ospreys drew first blood, scoring less than three minutes into the match. Jean Rivaroli headed in a cross giving UNF an early 1-0 lead.
But the resilient Saints rebounded, scoring the next two goals to take the lead. Friedrichs headed in a perfectly executed free kick from freshman Tom Allen into the upper right corner to knot the score at 1-1 late in the first half.
In the second half, Ek put the Saints on top in the 50th minute. Ek chipped in a shot just under the crossbar and over the North Florida goalie.
But the Ospreys, which scored just six goals total all of last year, erupted for the decisive run. Mauricio Valderruten drilled home a free kick to tie things up at 2-2 and in the 76th minute Teddy Mulamba headed in the eventual game-winner. Alex Morrell added an insurance tally in the 85th minute to seal the deal.
Both teams had their share of opportunities, with Siena holding an 18-16 edge in shots and both teams took five corners apiece. Damian Liesemann made three saves in goal in his debut with the Saints, while UNF's Brad Sienkiewicz stopped four shots to earn the win.
The Saints will look to rebound Sunday when they conclude play in the Mike Gibbs Memorial Tournament in a 2 p.m. kickoff at Jacksonville.