10 Oct Maurer’s Goal Gives Men’s Soccer 1-0 Win Over Bellarmine
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Markus Maurer’s (Friedrichshafen, Germany/Monroe College) goal in the 68th minute proved the difference maker as the FGCU men’s soccer team earned a 1-0 win over Bellarmine on Saturday night at Pickering Field. The Eagles improved to 2-6-1 overall and 2-2 in ASUN play while the Knights fell to 5-5-1 overall and 1-3-0 in league action.
“I’m proud of the effort tonight; it’s been a rough, rough month,” said head coach Jesse Cormier. “So it’s fun to see the guys rewarded for their effort. I thought they played a really intelligent game and I thought they made some good decisions to keep possession. We looked like ourselves tonight and when we play to our identity, I think we’re tough to beat.”
The Eagles commanded possession for much of the match which resulted in a 19-to-1 advantage in shots and an 8-to-2 edge in corners. The 19 shots were just one shy of matching the season-high of 20 in the 2-0 win over Jacksonville.
Maurer’s second half tally, his first of the season, came on a cross from Max Edwards (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park/Radford) near the far corner flag. Edwards’ found Maurer who was 15-yards in front of the goal and struck the ball midair with his left foot to tuck it inside the far post.
The lone shot for Bellarmine came in the 13th minute of play but was off target. The one shot allowed marked a season low for the Eagles defense.
FGCU keeper Gustavo Vasconcelos (Recife, Brazil/Colegio GGE) was not forced into action on the night to earn his second shutout of the season, while Knights’ keeper Connor Range made eight saves in the match.
The Eagles will return to action next Saturday, October 16 at Lipscomb in Nashville. The match is set for an 8 PM (7 PM CT) kickoff between the two sides which are currently tied in the league standings.
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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 31-28-12 (.518) record overall, including a 17-7-4 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 145-115-58 (.551) record as a head coach in his 16-plus seasons at the helm.
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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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