Kilwien’s Incredible Game-Winner Gives @FGCU_MSoccer 3-2 Win Over Princeton

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FORT MYERS, Fla. – In a back-and-forth second half, it was freshmanPreston Kilwien who provided the most dramatic moment of the evening as he delivered a left-footed shot from 35 yards out into the upper-corner of the net in the 89th minute to give the FGCU men’s soccer team (1-1-1) a 3-2 victory over Princeton (1-1-0), snapping the Tigers’ nation-best 10-game unbeaten streak Thursday at the FGCU Soccer Complex.

Prior to Kilwien’s dramatics, Dylan Sacramento (Winnipeg, Manitoba/York University) found the back of the net twice for the Eagles, with the second coming in the 55th minute just after Princeton had tied the contest at 1-1. However, the Tigers knotted the game back up in the 71st minute and the match appeared destined for overtime until Kilwien intervened.

Kilwien (Pleasant Hill, Calif./College Park HS/Campolindo HS) – who was making his collegiate debut – received a ball from senior Rodrigo Saravia(Guatemala City, Guatemala/College Internacional Montessori) up the left side of the pitch. From there, with only 75 seconds remaining in regulation, he ripped a shot which was struck perfectly into the upper-90 of the left corner of the frame. For his effort, Kilwien’s shot was the No. 3 play on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays Thursday night.

“I had a lot of space on the left side and Rodrigo did a good job of finding me,” explained Kilwien, whose parents were in attendance from California and aunt from Texas. “I got the trap and it wasn’t the greatest touch, but I just hit it. I didn’t really know it was in until I saw it hit the net. It was the greatest moment I’ve had so far.”…

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