Men’s Soccer makes 1-0 decision at Bellarmine
Louisville, Ky. – FGCU Men’s Soccer (4-2-2, 1-1-1 ASUN) battled 2021 ASUN Tournament semi-finalist Bellarmine (5-3-1, 2-2-0 ASUN) for 70 minutes before he dropped a 1-0 decision on Sunday night with a goal. The loss is the Eagles’ first this season at the ASUN conference.
FGCU falls to 4-2-2 overall and 1-1-1 in ASUN play while the Knights move to 5-3-1 overall and 2-2-0 in the league.
The game was originally scheduled for Saturday October 1st but was pushed back to Sunday due to flight cancellations resulting from Hurricane Ian.
“It was a difficult week, but we didn’t have enough ambition, discipline and quality to get the points today. Our possession, when aimed, was effective in creating some good chances which we must take to beat Bellarmine,” he said Jess Cormier. “It’s hugely important to get them out of their defensive mindset and force them to play and open the game. If you let them hang around in the game and stay balanced, they can find a goal from a set play and win games. It’s difficult but we have to accept that we haven’t done enough, learn from that and move to UNF next Friday.”
Overall, FGCU overtook the Knights 10-6 while having three shots on goal to Bellarmine’s two. The Eagles took a 6-2 lead on corner kicks.
In the first half, both teams fought for their chance to take the lead, but the Green-Blues managed four shots on the Knight’s three. Alves had the first shot on goal in the 17th minuteth minute only to see it boxed in by Bellarmine goalkeeper Mathew Brozovich.
In the second half, both teams made two shots each in the first 20 minutes, but the Knights were rewarded at the 70thMinute when Brendan Schoemehl sank the ball into the left net and made it 1-0.
FGCU continued in search of equalization as second midfielder Aaron Markowitz (Plantation, Florida/Western HS) attempted shot landed in Brozovich’s hands in the 78th minuteth minute followed by alves’ Shot misses the goal in the 84th minuteth Minute.
The final shot of the game came forward from the graduate Aedon Kyra (SydneyAustralia/UNLV), but it did not connect in the 88th Minute and the knights sealed the victory.
The Eagles return to action on Friday when they host North Florida (1-6-1) at USF’s Corbett Stadium in Tampa, Fla. The match was originally scheduled for Saturday, October 8 at Pickering Field but was postponed due to facility problems following Hurricane Ian.
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HEAD COACH JESSE CORMIER
Jesse Cormier is in his sixth year as head coach of the FGCU men’s soccer program in the fall of 2022, having been hired in January 2017 to become only the second head coach in the program’s history. Cormier has led FGCU to an overall record of 37-33-14 (.521), including a 20-10-4 mark (.667) in the ASUN game. The Eagles have reached the ASUN Tournament semifinals in nine of ten seasons (every year of eligibility but one) as Cormier has coached 31 All-Conference selections since arriving (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 reached the second round of the NCAA tournament. While at Vermont, Cormier led the program in 12 of 13 seasons to the America East Tournament, where he played five title games, won two tournament crowns, won a regular-season championship, and advanced to three NCAA tournaments, including two second-round appearances. Cormier holds an overall record of 151-122-60 (.547) as head coach in his 16+ seasons at the helm.
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FGCU teams have won an incredible 92 regular conference season and tournament titles in just 15 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, the Eagles have contested a total of 45 teams or individuals in NCAA championships in just 11 seasons of DI postseason eligibility. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to earn at large at the NCAA tournament. Eight FGCU programs have earned a national top-25 ranking in their respective sports –– including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022), and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer ( 2018) as four of the youngest. In 2016-17, the Greens and Blues finished in the division’s best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and made the top-100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had the top seven teams from ASUN and Florida to earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progress in their sport. FGCU also achieved a combined record 3.50 GPA in the classroom for the Fall 2020 semester and has surpassed the university’s general student population for 26 consecutive semesters. In the past five semesters (Fall 2019 – Spring 2022), another milestone was reached as all 15 programs achieved a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also contributed an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 and were recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.