26 Sep Men’s Soccer Falls, 2-1, At Liberty
LYNCHBURG, Va. – A late comeback effort fell just short as the FGCU men’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision at Liberty on Saturday evening. FGCU falls to 1-5-1 overall (1-1-0 ASUN), while the Flames improve to 4-3-0 overall (2-0-0 ASUN).
“I’m disappointed with how we started the match in terms of mentality and losing too many individual battles. Liberty started better and built momentum throughout the first half,” said head coach Jesse Cormier. “We started to look like ourselves late in the game; I thought everyone stepped up in the last 15 and played to win. Liberty was just more prepared from the jump. We have to be ready for a full 90-minutes. We’ll get back after it with this week’s training as we have a tough test in first-place Central Arkansas next Saturday.”
Jahvanie Hammond (Lauderhill, Fla./Coral Glades HS) tallied the lone goal for the Eagles as he scored in the 85th minute. Hammond slotted an unassisted strike into the bottom right of the goal as FGCU sought to rally back from a 2-0 deficit.
Liberty took a 1-0 lead into the intermission after Grayson Gardner scored in the 26th minute on a cross-angle shot that went through traffic. The Flames doubled their lead in the 71st minute on a Michael Catanzarite score tucked into the left side of the frame.
Overall, the Eagles held a slight 10-to-9 advantage in shots and a 9-to-5 edge in corners.
After Hammond’s goal, FGCU continued to press to find the equalizer. Markus Maurer (Friedrichshafen, Germany/Monroe College) had a pair of shots in the 88th minute with his second coming after a corner kick. Ethan Dudley (St. John’s, Fla./Bartram Trail) had an opportunity in the 89th minute but was off target.
Keeper Gustavo Vasconcelos (Recife, Brazil/Colegio GGE) took the loss in goal while making a pair of saves. Liberty keeper Richard Franzen earned the win having to make just one save on the day.
The Eagles will return to action next Saturday when ASUN leader Central Arkansas visits Pickering Field at the FGCU Soccer Complex. The opening kickoff is set for 7 PM and the game will be streamed on Facebook Live.
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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 30-27-12 (.522) record overall, including a 16-6-4 mark (.708) 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 144-114-58 (.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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