LYNCHBURG, Virginia. – A late comeback effort failed as the FGCU men’s soccer team lost a 2-1 decision at Liberty on Saturday night. The FGCU drops to 1-5-1 overall (1-1-0 ASUN), while the Flames improve to 4-3-0 overall (2-0-0 ASUN).
“I’m disappointed with the way we started the game in terms of mentality and losing too many individual battles. Liberty started better and gained momentum throughout the first half,” said L ‘head coach. Jesse cormier. “We started to look the same late in the game; I thought everyone had stepped up in the last 15 and were playing to win. Liberty was just more prepared from the jump. We have to be ready for a full 90 minutes. let’s come back after that with this week’s practice as we have a tough test in central Arkansas in first place next Saturday. “
Jahvanie hammond (Lauderhill, FL / Coral Glades HS) scored the Eagles’ lone goal as he scored in the 85e minute. Hammond scored an unassisted strike to the lower right corner of the goal as the FGCU looked to recover from a 2-0 deficit.
Liberty took a 1-0 lead in the intermission after Grayson Gardner scored in the 26e minute on a cross plane crossing traffic. The Flames doubled their lead at 71st minute on a score from Michael Catanzarite tucked into the left side of the frame.
Overall, the Eagles had a slight 10-9 advantage in shots and a 9-5 advantage in corners.
After Hammond’s goal, the FGCU continued to press to find the equalizer. Markus Maurer (Friedrichshafen, Germany / Monroe College) had a pair of shots in the 88e minute with his second coming after a corner kick. Ethan Dudley (St. John’s, FL / Bartram Trail) had the opportunity in the 89e minute but was off target.
Guardian Gustavo Vasconcelos (Recife, Brazil / Colegio GGE) suffered the loss in front of goal while making two saves. Liberty goalkeeper Richard Franzen took the win with just one save during the day.
The Eagles will return to action next Saturday when ASUN frontman Central Arkansas visits Pickering Field at the FGCU Football Complex. The opening kick-off is set for 7 p.m. and the match will be broadcast 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 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. Additionally, 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 female. (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 Community Service First Prize presented by the Fiesta Bowl.