22 Sep Mullings Named ASUN Men’s Soccer Player of the Week
FORT MYERS, Fla. – After scoring four goals in two games and helping the FGCU men’s soccer team to a win over Jacksonville to open the league schedule, senior forward O’Vonte Mullings (Toronto, Ontario/Northview Heights) was tabbed the ASUN Player of the Week on Monday.
“This honor was well deserved; O’Vonte has worked hard to come into form since August and is now taking on a big responsibility leading our attack,” said head coach Jesse Cormier. “His movement has been excellent and his willingness to work for the team is so important for us.”
Mullings opened the week with a pair of goals in a 3-2 overtime loss at FAU. He scored two more in the 2-0 win over Jacksonville. For the week, he had eight points on his four goals while seeing 179 minutes on the pitch.
His four goals on the week moved him into second all-time at FGCU as he now has 26 in his four seasons. 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.
Overall this season, Mullings has a team-leading five goals and 10 points in 499 minutes. He currently ranks second in the ASUN in goals (5) and tied for second in points (10).
This marked the fourth time in his career that Mullings earned the Player of the Week honor marking a FGCU program-record.
The Eagles will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 25 when they head to Liberty. The match is set for a 6 PM 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 29-26-12 (.522) 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 143-113-58 (.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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