27 Aug Men’s Soccer Opens its Season at Home Against FIU Sunday Evening
|FGCU Men’s Soccer Game Notes & Information|
|Game||FIU (1-0) @ FGCU (0-0)|
|Date // Time||Sunday, Aug. 29 // 5:00 p.m.|
|Location||Fort Myers, Fla. // Pickering Field at the FGCU Soccer Complex|
|FGCU Men’s Soccer|
|FGCU Men’s Soccer|
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s soccer team kicks off its season taking on FIU Sunday Evening to open up the 2021 fall campaign.
The Eagles return a bulk of its starting lineup from the abbreviated spring season, including the ASUN’s Goalkeeper of the Year, Gustavo Vasconcelos, Defensive Player of the Year in Ethan Dudley, and the Player of the Year, O’Vonte Mullings. The trio each landed on the league’s All-Conference Preseason list just over 10 days ago.
Mullings (Toronto, Ontario/Northview Heights) led the Eagles and was tied for first in the ASUN with five goals (one game-winner). He also paced FGCU in shots (19), shots on goal (13), and points (10) while logging nearly 800 minutes on the pitch. Meanwhile, Vasconcelos (Recife, Brazil/Colegio GGE) started all 11 contests, posting over 1,000 minutes in goal. He secured 40 saves to go along with a 1.26 goals-against average (1.09 ASUN) while posting two clean sheets. Dudley (St. Johns, Fla./Bartram Trail HS), who was also a member of the ASUN All-Academic Team, started in all 10 games he appeared and totaled over 900 minutes of action producing two goals and 18 shots (second-most on the team).
The Panthers are coming off a 4-0 win over #13 UCF on the road Thursday night. FIU’s lineup produced four different goal scorers as 19 of 21 players traveled saw game action. All said, FIU returns 15 players from last season’s roster. Earlier this month , TopDrawerSoccer.com ranked the Panthers’ 2021 recruiting class No. 30.
Sunday will mark the 14th meeting between both teams as each of the last four games have come down to just one score. FGCU trails the all-time series, 4-9, and will be looking for its first win against the Panthers since 2018, where they came out on top, 2-1, in Miami.
Preseason Coaches’ Poll
|Place||Team (First-Place Votes)||Points|
For fans interested in purchasing single-game or season tickets for men’s soccer this year, feel free to visit FGCUtickets.com. You can also contact the ticket office by phone at 866-FGCU-TIX (866-342-8849) or by email at email@example.com with any questions. Single-game tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youth and military. Fans can also purchase the Fall Frequent Flyer Pass in 15, 30 or 45 game increments, which gets you admission to any combination of men’s soccer, women’s soccer or volleyball home events.
HEAD COACH JESSE CORMIER
Jesse Cormier enters 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 29-23-11 (.547) record overall, including a 15-5-4 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 143-111-57 (.551) record as a head coach in his sixteen-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 13+ 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 23 consecutive semesters. The 2019 Fall, 2020 Spring, and 2020 Fall semesters each saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher team GPA. 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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