Senior Night As Soccer Hosts Stetson at Pickering Field

Senior Night As Soccer Hosts Stetson at Pickering Field

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The final weekend of the regular season will determine the bulk of the seeding for the upcoming ASUN Championship Tournament with a key match in those scenarios coming at Pickering Field with the FGCU men’s soccer team hosting Stetson. Kick-off is set for 7 PM and the match will be streamed on Facebook Live.

 

Prior to the match, FGCU will hold several special ceremonies. First, the official ribbon cutting ceremony to name the field after Larry and Susanne Pickering will begin at 6:30 PM. Then, the Eagles will honor 11 members of its graduating class.

 

The match will be pivotal in determining the seeds for the ASUN Tournament. Stetson (7-5-2, 4-2-0) enters the game third in the league standings, while FGCU (3-7-1, 3-3-0 ASUN) is fourth place. Both teams, along with Central Arkansas and Lipscomb have secured their spots in the postseason. Four teams are in a four-way tie for fifth.

 

FGCU is coming off a big road win at North Florida last Saturday. Darius Kerr-Cooper scored the game-winning goal in the 73rd minute of play, while Gustavo Vasconcelos (Recife, Brazil/Colegio GGE) earned the win and the clean sheet in goal.

 

For the season, O’Vonte Mullings (Toronto, Ontario/Northview Heights) continues to pace the offense with a team-high six goals which ranks second-best in the league. Mullings also ranks sixth in the ASUN in points (12) for the year.

 

Kerr-Cooper became the sixth different player to tally a goal on the year joining Mullings, Aiden Jokomba  (Anchovy St. James, Jamaica/Cornwell College)Jahvanie Hammond (Lauderhill, Fla./Coral Glades HS), Timon Zech (Starnberg, Germany/Louisiana State Eunice College), and Markus Maurer (Friedrichshafen, Germany/Monroe College).

 

Mullings scored four in a one-week stretch to earn ASUN Player of the Week honors on Sept. 22. His six goals this season have moved him into second all-time at FGCU as he now has 27 in his four years passing Shak Adams who had 23 from 2016-19. He also now has 60 career points which puts him two 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.

 

Vasconcelos enters the match with a 1.71 goals-against-average and a 0.750 save percentage to go with three shutouts and a 3-5-0 record. He leads the league in save percentage and saves (45), while ranking third in GAA.

 

All-time, FGCU holds an 8-5-3 record against the Hatters.

 

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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.

#FEEDFGCU

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.

 

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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