Sar-Sar Signs Professional Contract

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Farid Sar-Sar, a member of the 2021 Sunshine State Conference Champion and Final Four NSU Sharks Soccer team, has joined the professional ranks, signing a contract with Inter Miami CF.

“The opportunity to sign my first professional contract, which allows me to play for one of the best teams in the United States, is undoubtedly a consequence of perseverance, discipline and work ethic,” said Sar-Sar. “I credit both the academic and athletic programs at Nova Southeastern, that continued my formation as a player and a person. I want to also highlight the capacity and quality of all the people involved in the development of the program. Thanks to everyone that helped me achieve my dream.”

A constant presence on the Sharks backline, Farid started all 34 matches during his two-year Nova Southeastern career. During the final four run in 2021, Farid logged nearly 2000 minutes of game action, recording seven points on three goals and one assist. Sar-Sar recorded a pair of goals in the Sharks 2021 playoff run, scoring against Tampa in the SSC Tournament Final and also against Coker in the NCAA South Region Tournament.

Matt Watts, the gaffer for the Sharks Men’s Soccer program, has elevated the club to new heights in his tenure, in large part because of talent like Farid helping NSU establish a new standard for success. “We are very proud when any of our former players sign professional contracts at the next level,” stated Watts. “Farid is truly deserving of this chance. During his time at NSU, he worked incredibly hard, asked for extra training sessions and had the mentality of a professional. We hope he can push on from here to have a long career in football. I think it’s a great representation of the program, as he becomes our sixth signed pro in as many years.”

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Men’s Soccer, be sure to follow on Instagram and Twitter at NSU_MSoccer.
 

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Sharks Drop Contest Against Barry in SSC Semifinal

MIAMI SHORES, FLA. – After battling for 90 minutes, the Sharks’ Sunshine State Conference Tournament run has come to a close. Fifth-seeded Nova Southeastern falls to first-seeded Barry 2-0 on Thursday night.

INSIDE THE MATCH
SCORE: Nova Southeastern 0, Barry 2
RECORDS: Nova Southeastern (7-6-4, 5-3-2), Barry (10-2-3, 6-1-3)
LOCATION: Miami Shores, Fla. | Buccaneer Soccer Field
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HOW IT HAPPENED

· Defenses for both sides were the highlight in the beginning portion of the first half, with neither offense getting a shot-on-goal through the first 25 minutes.

· In the 26th minute, the Buccaneers broke the tie after sneaking one by Eduardo D’Avino. Barry leads 1-0.

· Minutes later in the 29th minute, the Buccaneers added onto their lead with another goal. Barry takes a 2-0 lead with 16 minutes left in the first half.

· In the 35th minute, the Sharks’ offense saw an opportunity with Aleks Berg, Alberto Rentero, and Milos Christoforou firing off shots, but none were able to get into the back of the net.

· The Sharks opened the second half once again looking for a chance to score, but Aleks Berg and Milos Christoforou were once again denied.

· In the 62nd minute, Eduardo D’Avino came up big with two saves.

· In the closing minutes, the Sharks’ offense had one last push, but Michael Lawrence, Nick Brisevac, and Milos Christoforou were unable to get one by the Barry’s goalkeeper.

STATS OF THE MATCH

· Sharks had six shots-on-goal, which came from four different players.

UPCOMING
The Nova Southeastern Sharks now await the NCAA Tournament selection show on November 7th at 6:30 pm.

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Lawrence, Christoforou, and Sar-Sar Selected to All-SSC Teams

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Nova Southeastern men’s soccer standouts Michael Lawrence, Milos Christoforou, and Farid Sar-Sar have been honored as All-Sunshine State Conference members, announced by the league office on Wednesday.  Lawrence and Christoforou were named to the All-SSC First Team, while Sar-Sar tabbed a spot on the second team.

Voting was conducted among the league’s coaches. 

After being selected to the All-SSC second team in 2019, Lawrence made significant strides during his 2022 campaign to garner a spot on the All-SSC first team. The Miramar native appeared in 14 games for the Sharks, and started in 12. The forward matched with a team-high seven goals, including two games with multi-goal performances, across a combined 976 minutes. Lawrence found his stride as SSC play began, scoring six goals in the final nine matches of the regular season.

Christoforou followed up his stellar 2021 season with another successful campaign in 2022, starting in all but two games for the Sharks. The Spaniard tied with Lawrence for the most goals on the team, one multi-goal game performance, including three-game winners, which was also a team lead. Christoforou closed out the regular season by scoring four goals over the Sharks final six games. 

Sar-Sar makes his second straight All-SSC team, playing a vital role in the success of the Sharks defense. The senior started in all 16 games for the Sharks, leading NSU in total minutes played with 1402 combined minutes, almost 200 more than any other Shark. Sar-Sar’s key defensive presence was pivotal for the Sharks, helping lead NSU to four shutouts on the season. 

2022 Sunshine State Conference Awards

Player of the Year: Juancho Fernandez, Tampa
Offensive Player of the Year: Georgios Koliniatis, Rollins
Defensive Player of the Year: Luis Tovar Romero, Florida Tech
Freshman of the Year: Nicolas Villalobos, Barry
Coaching Staff of the Year: Florida Tech

2022 Men’s Soccer ALL-SSC First Team

Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown

F Georgios Koliniatis* Rollins Jr. Athens, Greece

F David Polanco Barry So. Key Biscayne, Florida

F Henri Tophoven Florida Southern Gr. Brüggen, Germany

F (AL) Michael Lawrence~ Nova Southeastern Gr. Miramar, Florida

M Juancho Fernandez^ Tampa Gr. Oviedo, Spain

M Milos Christoforou Nova Southeastern Gr. Barcelona, Spain

M Jari Polm Rollins Jr. Muenster, Germany

M Daniel Schaal Barry Sr. Bonn, Germany

D Iker Berruezo Barry Jr. Garinoain, Spain

D Sjur Drechsler Florida Tech So. Stavanger, Norway

D David Bauer Lynn Gr. Rain am Lech, Germany

GK Luis Tovar Romero Florida Tech Sr. Seville, Spain

2022 Men’s Soccer Second Team

Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown

F Federico Serra Palm Beach Atlantic Sr. Cagliari, Italy

F Omar Thali^‡ Tampa Gr. Zug, Switzerland

F Fabio Amaral Florida Tech Gr. Salvador, Brazil

M Tommy Shepherd Eckerd So. Hertfordshire, England

M Tomas Casas Florida Tech So. La Calera, Argentina

M Sean Quinn* Tampa Jr. Dublin, Ireland

D Farid Sar-Sar* Nova Southeastern Sr. San Martin, Argentina

D Jordi Ramon Barry Sr. Valencia, Spain

D Albert Morales Tampa Gr. Barcelona, Spain

GK Maximillian Obermeier~ Rollins Jr. Munich, Germany

GK Adam Forster^† Tampa Gr. Bath, England

^ = 2021 First Team All-SSC

* = 2021 Second Team All-SSC

† = 2021 Defensive Player of the Year

‡ = 2021 Offensive Player of the Year

~ = 2019 Second Team All-SSC

(AL) = At Large Selection

NSU travels to Miami Shores, Fla. to face Barry, Thursday, November 3rd at 6:00 P.M. in the SSC semifinals. To stay up-to-date with the Sharks, follow them on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_Msoccer. 

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NSU Advances to SSC Semifinal with Win over Rollins

WINTER PARK, FLA. – After a free kick goal from Nick Brisevac late in the first half, Eduardo D’Avino and the Sharks’ defense were an iron wall the rest of the way. The Nova Southeastern Sharks take down the Rollins Tars to advance to the SSC Tournament semifinals.

INSIDE THE MATCH
SCORE: Nova Southeastern 1, Rollins 0
RECORDS: Nova Southeastern (7-5-4, 5-3-2), Rollins (10-4-2, 6-3-1)
LOCATION: Winter Park, Fla. | Cahall-Sandspur Field
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HOW IT HAPPENED

· The Sharks’ offense made their presence felt early with Nick Brisevac, Michael Lawrence, and Tommy Maguire all firing shots-on-goal, but were all swiped away by the Tars’ goalkeeper.

· In the 40th minute, Eduardo D’Avino came up big stopping two of the Tars’ shots, keeping the game tied at zero.

· In the 43rd minute, the Sharks got on the board. After getting awarded a free kick, Nick Brisevac was able to fire one into the upper left corner of the net to give the Sharks a 1-0 lead just minutes before the break.

· Minutes into the second half, Michael Lawrence tried to extend the Sharks lead, but was denied by the Tars’ goalkeeper.

· Defense was the story in the second half, not allowing the Tars to get a single shot-on-goal in the final 45 minutes.

· Eduardo D’Avino records his third shutout victory for the Sharks this season

STATS OF THE MATCH

· The victory over Rollins puts NSU into the SSC Tournament semifinals for the fourth consecutive season.

· Sharks had six shots-on-goal, which came from three different players.

· Nick Brisevac’s goal was his fifth of the season, and second game-winning goal of the season.

· Eduardo D’Avino recorded his third shutout victory of the season.

UPCOMING
The victory over Rollins sends fifth-seeded NSU into the SSC Tournament semifinal round against SSC Regular Season Champion, and top-seed, Barry on Thursday, November 3rd, in Miami Shores, Fla.

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Sharks Ready for SSC Tournament

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla- The Nova Southeastern men’s soccer team (6-5-4, 5-3-2 SSC) will look to defend their Sunshine State Conference title, in Monday’s SSC Tournament quarterfinal matchup against Rollins (10-3-2, 6-3-1 SSC).

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. in Winter Park, Fla.

The Sharks managed to finish the regular season on a high note, giving themselves momentum heading into the SSC Tournament. NSU won the last two of their three SSC matches, leading to them securing the 5th seed in the tournament. The Sharks have proven that they can hit their stride late just as they did in last season’s postseason run. Last season the Sharks came into the tournament as the No.4 seed and captured the first SSC championship in school history.

Michael Lawrence and Milos Christoforou have been the primary focal points for NSU. They are both tied with a team-leading seven goals, ranking them fifth and sixth respectively in the league. Lawrence and Christoforou have hit their stride as of late, with Lawrence scoring two goals in the Sharks regular-season finale against Palm Beach Atlantic and Christforou having his own two-goal performance, the game prior against Eckerd. Which arguably makes them the most dynamic scoring tandem in the SSC.

Similar to what Christoforou and Lawrence mean to the Sharks, Rollin’s Georgios Koliniatis is the player that ignites the engine for the fourth-seeded Tars. The forward enters Monday with nine goals to his name.

Koliniatis was also the difference maker in the first meeting this season between both sides. Koliniatis’s goal in the closing minutes of the match, gave Rollins the 2-1 lead, ultimately sealing the deal for the Tars.

The winner of this go-around will advance to Thursday’s SSC Tournament semifinal at Barry University.

For complete coverage of Monday’s action, visit the schedule page on NSUSharks.com, or follow the Sharks on Instagram and Twitter at @NSU_MSoccer.

 

 


 

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Sharks End in Draw Against Palm Beach Atlantic

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. – Michael Lawrence’s late goal gave the Sharks a lead in the second half. However, the Sailfish were able to sneak one through in the closing minutes of the match. The Nova Southeastern Sharks and the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish end tonight’s SSC match-up in a 2-2 draw.

INSIDE THE MATCH
SCORE: Nova Southeastern 2, Palm Beach Atlantic 2
RECORDS: Nova Southeastern (6-5-4, 5-3-2), Palm Beach Atlantic (8-5-2, 4-4-2)
LOCATION: West Palm Beach, Fla. | PBA SOCCER/LACROSSE COMPLEX
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HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Sharks started off the match aggressively on the offensive side of the ball, putting pressure on the Sailfish defense. 
  • Lawrence set the tempo for NSU, putting the first points on the board. Nick Brisevac was the assist man on the goal, providing a beautiful set up for Lawrence.
  • Eduardo D’Avino was lock down, not allowing a single shot past him in the first half.
  • 15 minutes into the second half, Palm Beach Atlantic was able to get a point on the board.
  • But Lawrence would not be denied, scoring his second goal of the game, thanks to a great pass by Aleks Berg.
  • In the closing minutes of the match, the Sailfish was able to sneak one by D’Avino to tie the game at 2 in the 81st minute.
  • Despite a strong offensive attack by the Sharks, they were unable to get another one in goal, ending tonight’s match in a draw.

STAT OF THE MATCH 
This was Michael Lawrence’s second multi-goal game of the year.

UPCOMING
The Sharks will gear up for the SSC tournament, tournament play beings Monday, Oct.31st. 

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Sharks Score Seven Goals in Impressive Victory

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. – The Sharks scored early and scored often. After goals from Theo Oherwall, Nick Brisevac (2 goals), Milos Christoforou (2), Santiago Marengo, and Tommy Maguire, the Nova Southeastern Sharks went on to take down the Eckerd Tritons 7-1 in tonight’s SSC showdown.

INSIDE THE MATCH
SCORE: Nova Southeastern 7, Eckerd 1
RECORDS: Nova Southeastern (6-5-3, 5-3-1), Eckerd (5-4-4, 3-4-1)
LOCATION: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | NSU Soccer Complex
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HOW IT HAPPENED

· Out the gate, the Tritons offense made their presence felt firing a shot at Eduardo D’Avino, but D’Avino swatted it away.

· In the 9th minute, Theo Oherwall got the Sharks’ offense going as he snuck one by the Tritons’ goalkeeper, giving NSU an early 1-0 lead. Oherwall was assisted by Paul Boos.

· In the 13th minute, the Tritons evened it up after getting one by D’Avino. 1-1 in the early portion of the match.

· After being rewarded a free kick in the 29th minute, Nick Brisevac fired a shot that deflected off a Triton defender, which then went right over the goalkeeper’s reach. Sharks take a 2-1 lead.

· Minutes later in the 31st minute, after receiving a nice pass from Tommy Maguire, Milos Christoforou tapped one in to give the Sharks a 3-1 lead.

· In the 40th minute, after getting a pass from Aleks Berg, Milos Christoforou crossed up a Triton defender, then lasered one into the Tritons’ net, scoring his second goal of the night, and extending the Sharks lead to 4-1 at the break.

· Out the gate in the second half, the Sharks offense didn’t slow down. After receiving a long pass from Nick Brisevac and splitting two Triton defenders, Tommy Maguire got one past the Tritons’ goalkeeper, increasing the Sharks lead to 5-1 in the 52nd minute.

· Just minutes after checking into the match, Santiago Marengo made his presence felt, getting one by the Tritons’ goalkeeper, making it 6-1 NSU. Marengo was assisted by Paul Boos.

· In the 69th minute, after a corner kick pass from Aleks Berg, Nick Brisevac fired one into the back of the net, recording his second goal of the night and adding on to the Sharks’ lead.

· The Sharks’ defense kept it clean the rest of the way, giving the Sharks a 7-1 victory.

STATS OF THE MATCH

· Six different Sharks attempted a shot-on-goal.

· Theo Oherwall’s goal was his first of the season.

· Nick Brisevac’s two goals tonight was his NSU-career high.

· Paul Boos recorded his first two assists in his NSU career.

· Sharks fired nine shots-on-goal and scored on seven of them.

UPCOMING
Nova Southeastern is back in action on Thursday, October 27th at 7:00pm in SSC action as they travel to West Palm Beach to take on Palm Beach Atlantic.

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Men’s Soccer Honors Senior Class

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. – Prior to tonight’s matchup, Nova Southeastern Athletics was proud to recognize the 2022 Men’s Soccer Senior Class. This group has been one of the most successful classes in the history of the men’s soccer program at Nova Southeastern, being the core that established NSU men’s soccer on the national stage. NSU Athletics honored fifteen seniors, Manuel Cukaj, Tobias Pellio, Nick Brisevac, Floris Van Nijnanten, Giovanni Ciocca Vasino, Farid Sar-Sar, Juanchi Nunez, Manu Schwarz, Aleks Berg, Alberto Rentero, Michael Lawrence, Mikey Reid, Christian Gorski, Andrea Franchetto, and Milos Christoforou. Despite their best efforts, the Nova Southeastern Sharks dropped tonight’s match against the Maine Fort Kent Bengals 1-0.

INSIDE THE MATCH
SCORE: Nova Southeastern 0, Maine Fort Kent 1
RECORDS: Nova Southeastern (5-5-3, 4-3-1), Maine Fort Kent (4-1-0)
LOCATION: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. | NSU Soccer Complex
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HOW IT HAPPENED

· Both defenses made their presence felt early, locking down both offenses from any chances of scoring.

· The Sharks saw some chances later in the first half with Christian Gorski firing a shot on goal, but had it swatted away by the Bengals goalie. Aleks Berg, Paul Boos, and Michael Lawrence also took shot attempts, but were unable to get them on goal.

· In the 37th minute, the Bengals were able to sneak one by Eduardo D’Avino, to take a 1-0 lead right before the break.

· In the 55th minute, Juanchi Nunez had an opportunity, but was once again saved by the Bengals’ goalkeeper.

· In the 70th minute, the Sharks were mere inches away from a goal when Christian Gorski’s free kick went right off the crossbar. Andrea Franchetto was able to regroup and fire another shot on goal but was kicked away by the Bengals’ goalkeeper.

· Farid Sar-Sar tried one more attempt to tie the game late in the 83rd minute, but his shot was just a little off.

STATS OF THE MATCH

· Five different Sharks attempted a shot-on-goal.

UPCOMING
Nova Southeastern is back home on Saturday, October 22nd at 7:00pm in SSC action as they take on Eckerd.

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Sharks Shutout Saint Leo in SSC Action

SAINT LEO, FLA. – The Sharks took an early 1-0 lead after a goal from Milos Christoforou in the 3rd minute and didn’t look back. The Nova Southeastern Sharks take down the Saint Leo Lions 2-0 in tonight’s SSC showdown.

INSIDE THE MATCH
SCORE: Nova Southeastern 2, Saint Leo 0
RECORDS: Nova Southeastern (5-4-3, 4-3-1), Saint Leo (7-6-0, 2-5-0)
LOCATION: Saint Leo, Fla. | Saint Leo University Soccer Field
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HOW IT HAPPENED

· The Sharks made their presence felt right away. In the 3rd minute, after receiving a beautiful pass from Tommy Maguire, Milos Christoforou was able to fire one into the back of the Lions’ net. Sharks take an early 1-0 lead.

· The Sharks’ defense held the Lions’ offense to very few chances in the first half. The Lions fired a shot-on-goal but was swiped away by Eduardo D’Avino

· In the 22nd minute, Aleks Berg tried to extend the Sharks’ lead, but his shot attempt was knocked away.

· Early in the second half, the Lions started to fire more shots at Eduardo D’Avino, but D’Avino didn’t allow the Lions’ two shots to get through.

· In the 83rd minute, the Sharks’ offense applied a lot of pressure on the Lions’ defense with Nick Brisevac and Farid Sar-Sar firing shots-on-goal but were both swatted away.

· In the closing minutes of the match, Michael Lawrence was able to sneak one by the Lions’ goalkeeper to extend the Sharks lead to 2-0 in the 87th minute.

· Eduardo D’Avino stayed strong and refuse to let the Lions score. With three saves, D’Avino recorded his third shutout victory on the season.

STATS OF THE MATCH

· Four different Sharks attempted a shot-on-goal.

· Eduardo D’Avino recorded his third shutout victory on the season.

UPCOMING Nova Southeastern returns home on Wednesday, October 19th at 7:00pm for senior night as they take on Maine Fort Kent.

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Sharks Fall Short in SSC Contest Against Barry

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA – Despite a very strong first half, the Sharks were unable to finish the job. Nova Southeastern drops this SSC rivalry against Barry 3-2.

INSIDE THE MATCH
SCORE: Nova Southeastern 2, Barry 3
RECORDS: Nova Southeastern (4-4-3, 3-3-1), Barry (8-1-2, 5-0-2)
LOCATION: Fort Lauderdale, FLA. | NSU Soccer Complex
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HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The game started with a strong defensive effort from both teams. NSU’s Eduardo D’Avino had a spectacular save in the 24′ of the match. 
  • Then Nick Brisevac tested the Buccaneers goalie and almost put the first points on the board for the Sharks with an impressive header.
  • As the first half progressed, Aleks Berg took matters into his own hands and ripped a shot that ricocheted off of a Barry defender and propelled into the net. Which counted as a team goal, giving Nova Southeastern a 1-0 lead in the 14′.
  • The Buccaneers wouldn’t go away, scoring two quick goals in the 39′ to give them a 2-1 lead.
  • Midway through the second half, Barry scored again in the 59′. 
  • As the game neared a close, Milos Christoforou would not be denied, scoring an impressive goal in the 15′ to cut into the Buccaneers lead, bringing the score to 3-2.

Despite a valiant effort by the Sharks offensively, they were unable to convert, dropping this contest against Barry.
 

UPCOMING Nova Southeastern is on the road on Saturday, October 15th at 7:00 pm in Saint Leo, Florida as they take on Saint Leo.

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