The Florida A&M intramural soccer team is preparing for their weekly game against a Tallahassee soccer league team.
The team usually plays against TOC, which it has garnered a 1-1 record against. The team was up 3-1 at halftime of the game last week, but lighting problems caused the game to end. The team is on a two-game win streak and is 3-5 on the season.
Its first win came Saturday against University of West Florida; the team won 2-1. After trailing 1-0 at the half, the team rallied back to score two goals in the second half. The team also got its goalie back and played without Dwayne Scantlebury, the team captain.
Head coach Leon Prosper said he is proud of the way the team is coming together. He said that the defense has improved.
“I’m really proud of our goalie and the way he is playing. This is his first year playing soccer but he has a lot of potential,” Prosper said.
The team has been allowing less goals each game. The rotation of goalies has been effective so far and the team pitched a shutout in their last half of soccer.
The team has also been passing the ball more efficiently which has allowed them to score more goals.
Forward Nathan Odiari has helped the team stiffen up its defense.
Odiari, a third-year political science/ pre-law student from Pembroke Pines, Fla. has three goals on the season and has made big plays on defense.
He is one of the more seasoned players on the team.
“We played more like a team and ran the whole game,” Odiari said. “We passed the ball a lot more this game.”
Richard Afflick, a third -year business administration student from Fort Lauderdale, has also has come up big for the team. He played goalie in the game against TOC last week and the game before that.
“We came back down 1-0 late in the second half to win,” Afflick said.