Falcons Soar in Opening Weekend

Men's defensive line held a clean sheet for 200 minutes over the weekend. Nwabudike, Ouaad, Diaz, Tavares, Jean, Mimy, and Kellman.
Men's defensive line held a clean sheet for 200 minutes over the weekend. Nwabudike, Ouaad, Diaz, Tavares, Jean, Mimy, and Kellman.

Daytona State Men's Soccer competed this past weekend against two NJCAA top programs, number one ranked Louisburg College and number four ranked Georgia Military College (D2 respectively). The two-game series began on Friday night in Milledgeville, GA, with the Falcons tying 0-0 in two overtimes. Despite having more shots, more possession, and more corner kicks, the Falcons could not find a way score. "Georgia Military College is one of the hardest places to play. The field is tight, the winning tradition, and the fans make it one of junior colleges most difficult places to play," said Coach Sasnett. "Coach Sexton is an elite tactician and always has his team primed to compete." Despite the tie, Coach Sasnett was still pleased with the way his team played. They conducted themselves with good sportsmanship, character, and a competitive edge that was unmatched.

 Saturday would be a different story as the Falcons jumped out on top against the defending Southeast District Champions and number one ranked Louisburg Hurricanes. From the time the whistle blew, the Falcons were electric and scored in the first five minutes and again soon after. The Falcons were up 3-0 in the first 30 minutes. "I think Louisburg is a quality opponent; we matched up well with them," said Sasnett. "There is no doubt in my mind that they're one of the top teams in the country." Pablo Leigh was the leading goal scorer of the day scoring two goals with Santiago Fonseca tallying two assists. Prince N scored the third goal of the day. Daytona took its frustration out from the tie the previous night and played fantastic soccer in their second game of the weekend.

All in all, the weekend was a success with Daytona State going undefeated against two of the nation's top teams. The Daytona State Falcons are currently ranked 20th in the nation and return to play April 7th at home against Warner University.