07 Oct Inclement Weather Forces Cancellation of Men’s Soccer Match at UAB
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Due to heavy rains and lightning in the Birmingham area, Wednesday night’s FGCU men’s soccer match at UAB was cancelled after a weather delay with 28:43 remaining in the first half.
Neither team had scored at that point and because the match had not reached the minimum time to be counted, it will simply be a no contest for both sides.
Weather originally delayed the start of the match to approximately 6:30 PM ET. Shortly after kickoff, heavy rain bands moved through the area drenching the field. The field was then cleared and the game put in a delay when lightning was detected in the area. It was officially cancelled just after 8 PM.
“We’re disappointed to not be able to complete the game tonight due to weather, I feel like this team is making constant progress and working towards our peak,” said head coach Jesse Cormier. “We still utilized this trip to build us closer and build our unity as we progress towards our big ASUN matchups.”
The Eagles (1-6-1, 1-2-0 ASUN) will return home to host Bellarmine (5-4-1, 1-2-0 ASUN) on Saturday evening as FGCU returns to ASUN play. The match is slated for a 7 PM start and it will be a Pink Out game to support cancer awareness and research. Tickets are available by calling 866-FGCU-TIX, online at www.FGCUTickets.com, or on game day at the gate.
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HEAD COACH JESSE CORMIER
Jesse Cormier is in his fifth year as head coach of the FGCU men’s soccer program in the fall of 2021 after being hired in January of 2017 to become just the 2nd head coach in program history. Cormier has guided FGCU to a 30-28-12 (.518) record overall, including a 16-7-4 mark (.667) in ASUN play. The Eagles have reached the ASUN Tournament semifinals for nine-straight seasons (every year of eligibility), as Cormier has coached 28 all-conference selections since his arrival (program-record 10 in 2017). Cormier was the head coach at his alma mater the University of Vermont for the previous 13 seasons. He won 14 games with the Catamounts in 2016 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round. During his time with Vermont, Cormier guided the program to the America East Tournament in 12 of 13 seasons, making five title game appearances, winning two tournament crowns, claiming a regular-season championship and advancing to three NCAA tournaments, including a pair of Second Round appearances. Cormier holds an overall 144-115-58 (.551) record as a head coach in his 16-plus seasons at the helm.
FGCU Athletics sponsors events in November and April to benefit the FGCU Campus Food Pantry (www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry) and the Harry Chapin Food Bank (www.harrychapinfoodbank.org), FGCU Athletics’ charities of choice. For more information, including how to make a contribution, please visit www.fgcu.edu/foodpantry and utilize the hashtag #FeedFGCU to help raise awareness.
FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 85 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of D-I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 42 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport – including women’s basketball (No. 21, 2020-21), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2021) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Green and Blue posted a department-best sixth-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 showing nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and state of Florida best seven teams earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their Academic Progress Rate in their sport. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester and has outperformed the general University undergraduate population for 24 consecutive semesters. The 2019 Fall, 2020 Spring, 2020 Fall, and 2021 Spring semesters each saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher team GPA in each. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.
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