Men’s Soccer surprise No.10 Lipscomb with 1-0 win at Senior Night

FORT MYERS, FL. – The FGCU men’s soccer team (7-3-4, 3-1-3 ASUN) delivered a goal in the second half on Saturday night to defeat No. 10 Lipscomb (11-2-2, 6-1-0 ASUN) to defeat. with a 1-0 decision and claimed his third top 10 win in history. The Eagles defeated No. 5 Ohio State 1-0 in 2010 and No. 8 UCF 2-1 in 2011. This is also the 7 of blue and greenth Ranking win in program history.

With the win, the Eagles are back in the victory column while the Bisons suffer their first league loss of the season, which is also their first loss in the last seven games played. FGCU is only the third division school to score with the Bisons this season and, importantly, Florida Gulf Coast is the only school to have a shutout victory at Lipscomb.

graduate student Aedon Kyra (Sydney, Australia/UNLV) scored the only goal of the game, sending fans and especially senior night parents into a frenzy in the 49th minuteth Minute.

“We had a tough test tonight, Lipscomb tested us on many occasions but we felt we could rise to the challenge and be successful in this game,” said the head coach Jess Cormier. “Our attack made them nervous early on and we dominated long stretches of possession and our defense had the controlled aggression we needed. We’re really happy for our experienced players who have that great memory and are winning their last home game be able.”

Overall, FGCU overtook the Bisons 14-10 while tied with four shots on goal and seven corner kicks. This was the Eagles’ first win over Lipscomb since October 5, 2019.

Wyatt Kistner (midlothian, Va./Cosby HS) conceded the incredible goal with four saves, which is his sixth of the season.

In the first half, David Alve (Belo Horizonte, Brazil/West Florida) wasted no time as he got a chance and shot the ball to the right side of the net but he went wide.

From there, the Eagles tried to get on the scoreboard and fired five shots at the Bisons, three from five different players, but none connected. Lipscomb’s Hayes Wood made the last shot of the half in the 32nd minutend minute, but it was wide of the target. From there, defense decided as both teams were shot-limited and went into half-time scoreless.

The second half began and for the Eagles came the moment of the night when the seniors teamed up with the graduate defense attorney Sandel Sr (Kingston, Jamaica/Daytona State) crossed the ball over to Kyra, who buried the ball in the 49 on the left side of the netth Minute.

Lipscomb’s goaltender and leader for goals against averages in the ASUN, Michael Shelby, was stunned and didn’t get a chance to react as the Eagles went 1-0 up. That was Kyra’s fifth goal of the season and Senior’s first assist.

From there, the Florida Gulf Coast was looking for another goal to seal the win as Kyra and Alves fired back-to-back shots that went wide in the 53approx and 54th minute or

The Bisons began pushing for an equalizer and fired off four shots, including one from ASUN’s top scorer Jelldrick Dallmann in the 78th minuteth minute, but Kistner showed why he was named ASUN Goalkeeper of the Week on Tuesday, reaching his hands up on the goalpost to lock him in.

Senior took the last shot of the night at 89th With three seconds remaining, the ball landed just to the left of goal, but it didn’t matter as the Eagles proved the seniors’ nighttime magic is real and secured a 1-0 win over the regular-season ASUN champions .

FGCU has officially secured a spot in the ASUN tournament, which is expected to begin Nov. 5, and currently sits in third place with 12 points behind No. 10 Lipscomb with 18 points and Central Arkansas with 17 points.

The Eagles return to action Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. when they travel to DeLand, Fla. to face Stetson (3-2-2, 5-3-6 ASUN) in their final game of the regular season.

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HEAD COACH JESSE CORMIER

Jess Cormier is in his sixth year as head coach of the FGCU men’s soccer program as of fall 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 40-33-16 (.521), including a 22-10-6 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 154-122-62 (.547) as head coach in his 16+ seasons at the helm.



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ABOUT FGCU
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.


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