Oct. 21, 2006
MONTEVALLO, Ala. - One week after recording his first career hat trick, senior Eduardo Oliveira (Rio de Janiero, Brazil/Concordia N.Y.) scored the lone goal of the match to lead fifth-ranked West Florida to a 1-0 triumph over Montevallo on Friday. West Florida (15-1-1, 6-0 GSC) won their 10th consecutive match, which is one short of tying a school record. Montevallo (12-4, 4-2 GSC) suffered just their second loss in their last 11 matches.
Oliveira's goal was scored in the 21st minute on a header off of a free kick from senior Felipe Lawall (Sorocaba, Brazil/South Georgia). Despite out shooting West Florida, 22-15, Montevallo was unable to put the goal in the net. West Florida posted their fifth shutout of the season, and the Argonauts have not allowed an opponent to score more than one goal in any of their 17 matches this season.
"Eduardo dominates in the air," said head coach Bill Elliott. "He is big and judges the ball well, and he is able to get scoring opportunities on a lot of headers."
Sophomore goalkeeper Juan Carlos Garcia (Bogota, Colombia/Gimnasio Britanico) recorded seven saves in the win. Montevallo goalkeeper Melford James Jr. collected six saves. The match featured a combined 29 fouls, four yellow cards and two red cards.
West Florida will finish the season this Sunday at NAIA opponent Spring Hill. With a win, West Florida will tie the 1998 squad for most wins in a season since joining the NCAA. Sunday's match will begin at 4 p.m. in Mobile, Ala.