Men’s Soccer Falls in Overtime, 2-1, at Lipscomb

Men’s Soccer Falls in Overtime, 2-1, at Lipscomb

NASHVILLE – A stunning goal to equalize with one second remaining in regulation followed by the game-winner in the 99th minute of play added up to a heartbreaking loss for the FGCU men’s soccer team as Lipscomb came-from-behind to win, 2-1, on Saturday night at the Lipscomb Soccer Complex. The loss drops the Eagles to 2-7-1 overall and 2-3-0 in ASUN action, while Lipscomb improves to 7-3-2 overall and 3-2-0 in league play.
 
My heart breaks for our players; they played their hearts out and deserved a better result than they got tonight. This is a tough finish, but credit to Lipscomb for their effort,” said head coach Jesse Cormier. “We had chances to put the match away in both halves and exhibited the right energy to get the points tonight. Despite everything working against us, we were just one play short in the final 10 seconds and failed to finish the match to come out on top.”
 
The win moved Lipscomb into a tie for second alongside Stetson in the league standings, while FGCU sits in a five-way tie for fourth. The Eagles will head to North Florida next Saturday night for a pivotal match in the penultimate weekend of league play with both sides currently part of the five-way tie in the league standings.
 
Scott Golden scored the game-tying goal in the 90th minute of play as he struck a ball mid-air that looked like it was sailing over the crossbar. Instead it took a nose dive as it traveled towards the near post and tucked inside the upper corner with one second remaining on the clock.
 
The Bisons put FGCU under pressure in the final four minutes of regulation with six shots in the span. FGCU keeper Gustavo Vasconcelos (Recife, Brazil/Colegio GGE) was forced to make two saves in the stretch, but was unable to stop the game-tying goal.
 
In the overtime, Luca Naumann set a shot on target from the top of the 18-yard box that ricocheted off the post. Lipscomb’s Alejandro Lopez was able to collect the rebound and knock home the game-winner with 98:37 on the clock.
 
The Eagles took the lead with the match’s first goal when O’Vonte Mullings (Toronto, Ontario/Northview Heights) scored in the 42nd minute putting FGCU up 1-0 just before intermission.
 
A pair of yellow cards issued to Miles Robinson put the Eagles down a man for the final 12 minutes of regulations plus the overtime session.
 
Lipscomb held a 17-to-8 advantage in shots, while FGCU earned six corner kicks to three for the Bisons.
 
Vasconcelos made six saves in the loss, while Michael Sibley made four for Lipscomb.
 
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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 31-29-12 (.504) record overall, including a 17-8-4 mark (.640) 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 145-116-58 (.551) record as a head coach in his 16-plus seasons at the helm.

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ABOUT FGCU 

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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