24 Sep Saturday Night Tilt at Liberty on Tap for Men’s Soccer
|FGCU Men’s Soccer Game Notes & Information|
|Match 7||FGCU (1-4-1, 1-0-0 ASUN) at Liberty (3-3-0, 1-0-0 ASUN)|
|Date // Time||Saturday, Sept. 25 // 6:00 p.m.|
|Location||Lynchburg, Va. // Osborne Stadium|
|FGCU Men’s Soccer|
|FGCU Men’s Soccer|
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Coming off a win over Jacksonville last week, the FGCU men’s soccer heads to Liberty on Saturday for a 6 PM kickoff on ESPN+. The Eagles (1-4-1, 1-0-0 ASUN) enter the match with a 2-0 all-time record against the Flames (3-3-0, 1-0-0 ASUN).
Earlier this week, O’Vonte Mullings was named the ASUN Player of the Week after posting four goals in the split against FAU and Jacksonville. Mullings scored twice in the overtime road loss against the Owls before adding two more goals in the shutout home win over the Dolphins.
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).
Timon Zech has the only other goal scored for the Eagles this season, while four different players have one assist.
In goal, Gustavo Vasconcelos has returned to the starting role and is posting a 0.750 save percentage with a 1-2-0 record this year.
The win over Jacksonville marked the first win of the year for the Eagles and snapped a three-match losing skid. It also marked the second shutout this season for the FGCU defense which also pitched a 0-0 double-overtime clean sheet against FIU.
Liberty enters the contest on a three-match win streak after opening ASUN play with a 2-1 win over Stetson. The Flames also beat Radford (3-0) and Gardner-Webb (2-1) in that stretch. Noah Holmes leads Liberty with four goals on the year, while three different keepers have seen action. Overall, the Flames are posting a 1.30 goals-against-average and a .704 save percentage combined.
In both prior meetings, FGCU won 2-0 in 2018 and 2019. The teams did not play last year due to the shifted schedule and playing regional league opponents during the regular season.
After its trip to Lynchburg, the Eagles will play just once next week as ASUN newcomer Central Arkansas makes its first-ever trip to Pickering Field at the FGCU Soccer Complex next Saturday, October 7. Kickoff is slated for 7 PM and the match 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 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.
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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