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FC Tampa Bay gives up late goal, earns draw with Fort Lauderdale

FORT LAUDERDALE — The Fort Lauderdale Strikers did everything offensively to defeat rival FC Tampa Bay.

Midfielder Eduardo Coudet's goal in the 90th minute Wednesday extended the Strikers' unbeaten streak to seven games with a 1-1 draw in front of 5,848 at Lockhart Stadium.

A defensive miscue followed a Strikers corner kick, which led to Tampa Bay's goal in the 68th minute.

Forward Mike Ambersley took advantage of a Strikers missed call on the set play, taking a long downfield pass from Tsuyoshi Yoshitake, then beating Strikers defenders and goalkeeper Matt Glaeser to score his sixth goal of the season.

"We got a counterattack takeaway by Mike, which gave us the lead," Tampa Bay coach Ricky Hill said. "Give credit to the Strikers. They battled all the way to the 90th minute, and they got the break with the free kick."

Coudet's goal, his fifth of the season, came on a free kick from 25 yards out just off the hand of Tampa Bay keeper Jeff Attinella.

"The first half we were very aggressive," Strikers coach Daryl Shore said. "We had a lot of chances and just couldn't score.

"Soccer's funny, because you can have a team on their heels and one chance, you go down 1-0. It took a free kick from (Coudet) to save the game for us."

The Strikers (3-2-8) played their best attacking game of the season, outshooting Tampa Bay (3-5-5) 24-7, including a 6-2 advantage with shots on goal.

"It was frustrating, to say the least," Strikers forward Abe Thompson said. "We just weren't sharp in front of the goal (Wednesday). In the end, we were fortunate that (Coudet) scored the free kick."

The Strikers' aggressive play in the first half netted a 14-5 advantage in shots taken.

"We had a set play called on the corner kick," Shore said of Tampa Bay's goal. "We missed the signal.

"This was great for the fans, and this game is what the rivalry is all about. We didn't deserve to lose the game, and I'm sure they felt the same."

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FC Tampa Bay gives up late goal, earns draw with Fort Lauderdale 06/29/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 11:16pm]
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