02 Oct Men’s Soccer Returns Home to Host ASUN Leader Central Arkansas on Saturday
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU men’s soccer team returns home for the first time in two weeks as the Eagles host ASUN leader Central Arkansas on Saturday night at Pickering Field. The Eagles enter the match at 1-5-1 overall (1-1-0 ASUN), while the Bears are 7-1 overall and 2-0 in league play.
The match is set for a 7 PM kickoff and will be streamed live on Facebook Live. It will be Faculty & Staff MVP Night with a special ceremony prior to kickoff and it will be a Green Out for fans.
The Eagles are coming off a tough 2-1 loss at Liberty last Saturday with the Flames finding the game-winner in the 71st minute. Liberty took a 1-0 lead into the intermission after scoring in the 26th minute of play. Jahvanie Hammond (Lauderhill, Fla./Coral Glades HS) scored for FGCU in the 85th minute, but the Green and Blue were unable to find the equalizer in the balance of the contest.
O’Vonte Mullings (Toronto, Ontario/Northview Heights) continues to pace the Eagles’ offense with five goals on the year. He scored four in a one-week stretch to earn ASUN Player of the Week honors on Sept. 22. His five goals this season have moved him into second all-time at FGCU as he now has 26 in his four years. Mullings passed Shak Adams who had 23 from 2016-19. He also now has 58 career points which puts him four shy of passing Adams (62) there as well. Albert Ruiz holds the FGCU career records for both goals (34) and points (76) from 2014-17.
The Bears enter the match riding a three-game win streak, but did have a road contest at Saint Louis postponed on Sept. 21. That streak includes a 3-2 win against Memphis, a 1-0 road shutout at North Florida, and a 2-0 decision against Bellarmine.
Five different players have scored goals for Central Arkansas with Alberto Suarez leading the way with six along with one assist. Vincent Abaso is second on the squad with four. Zach Schawl is the keeper of record with a 0.93 goals-against-average and a 0.696 save percentage.
The Eagles are led by Gustavo Vasconcelos (Recife, Brazil/Colegio GGE) between the pipes this season. In five starts, he is 1-3-0 with a 0.725 save percentage and a 2.38 goals-against-average.
Following Saturday’s match, FGCU will close out its final non-conference game with a trip to UAB on Wednesday, October 6 in Birmingham. The game is set for a 6 PM ET/5 PM CT start.
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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.
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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