FORT MYERS, Florida. – The FGCU men’s soccer team returns home for the first time in two weeks as the Eagles host ASUN frontman Central Arkansas on Saturday night at Pickering Field. The Eagles enter the game 1-5-1 overall (1-1-0 ASUN), while the Bears are 7-1 overall and 2-0 in the league.
The game is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Facebook Live. It will be the MVP night for teachers and staff with a special pre-kickoff ceremony and it will be a Green Out for the fans.
The Eagles just suffered 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 in the intermission after scoring in the 26e minute of play. Jahvanie hammond (Lauderhill, FL / Coral Glades HS) marked for FGCU in the 85e minute, but the Greens and Blues failed to find an equalizer in the rest of the competition.
O’Vonte Mullings (Toronto, Ontario / Northview Heights) continues to punctuate the Eagles offense with five goals this year. He scored four goals in one week to win the ASUN Player of the Week title on September 22. His five goals this season have propelled him to second all-time at the FGCU, as he is now 26 in four years. Mullings passed Shak Adams who had 23 from 2016 to 2019. He also now has 58 career points, which also puts him on the brink of passing Adams (62). Albert Ruiz holds the FGCU career records for goals (34) and points (76) from 2014-17.
The Bears enter the game with a three-game winning streak, but a road competition in Saint Louis has been postponed to September 21. The streak includes a 3-2 win over Memphis, a 1-0 shutout on the road in North Florida, and a 2-0 decision over Bellarmine.
Five different players have scored goals for Central Arkansas with Alberto Suarez in the lead with six goals and one assist. Vincent Abaso is second on the team with four. Zach Schawl is the record keeper with a 0.93 goals against average and 0.696 save percentage.
The Eagles are led by Gustavo Vasconcelos (Recife, Brazil / Colegio GGE) between the pipes this season. In five starts, he’s 1-3-0 with a 0.725 save percentage and 2.38 goals-against average.
After Saturday’s match, the FGCU will close their last non-conference match with a trip to UAB on Wednesday 6 October in Birmingham. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. 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 2017 to become the 2nd Head Coach in the history of the program. Cormier guided the FGCU to an overall record of 30-27-12 (.522), including a score of 16-6-4 (.708) in the ASUN game. The Eagles have reached the semi-finals of the ASUN tournament for nine consecutive seasons (each year of eligibility), as Cormier has coached 28 all-conference caps since his arrival (program record 10 in 2017). Cormier was the head coach of his alma mater, the University of Vermont, for the previous 13 seasons. He won 14 games with the Catamounts in 2016 and qualified for the second round of the NCAA tournament. While in Vermont, Cormier guided the program to the America East tournament in 12 of 13 seasons, making five appearances in title games, winning two tournament crowns, winning a regular season championship and qualifying for three NCAA tournaments, including a pair of second round appearances. Cormier holds an overall record of 144-114-58 (.551) as a head coach in his 16+ seasons at the helm.
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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 85 regular season conference and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Plus, in just nine seasons of DI playoff eligibility, the Eagles brought together 42 teams or individuals competing in the NCAA Championships. Eight FGCU programs placed in the top 25 in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (# 21, 2020-21), beach volleyball (# 20, 2021) and men’s football (2018 , 2019) and women’s football (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-2017, the Greens and Blues secured a sixth place, the best in the department, in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors Cup and a top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had the top seven ASUN and Florida State teams that won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progress in their sport. The FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 classroom GPA in the fall semester 2020 and outperformed the general undergraduate population of the University for 24 consecutive semesters. The Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 semesters each saw another milestone, with all 15 programs each achieving a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also completed a record 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two finalists for the NACDA’s First Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.