Men’s Soccer will host College Colors Night in Central Florida

FORT MYERS, FL. – The FGCU men’s soccer team returns to Pickering Field Friday night to host Central Florida. The Eagles go into play 1-0-1 overall, while the Knights are 1-0-1.

The game is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. and will be streamed on Facebook Live. It will be College Colors Night and free College Colors shirts will be given away once fans check into the FGCU GameDay app. Beer and wine will also be available during the game.

The Eagles earned a 1-0 win over Big Ten rivals Northwestern last Sunday, with the game-winning goal coming from Senior David Alve (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) in the 23rdapprox Minute. The Eagles held defensive defenses for the next 67 minutes, earning their sixth win over a Power Five school in program history.

Alves leads the Eagles in offense with his one goal so young. Wyatt Kistner (Midlothian, Va.) shutout game against Northwestern was his second after a 0-0 draw in South Florida in the Eagles’ season-opener. His performance against the Wildcats earned him ASUN Goalkeeper of the Week on Tuesday.

The Eagles last defeated the Knights by a 1-0 decision on September 19, 2017, but overall UCF leads the series 3-4-2.

FGCU earned 7th 1st in the USC Regional Poll and was only one of four ASUN schools with Lipscomb at #1, Liberty at #2, and Jacksonville at #10.

The Knights enter the game after a 2-1 win over North Florida on Monday after losing a 1-0 decision at Wake Forest on Thursday. Both Mauricio Villalobos and Mael Haise have each scored a goal this season. Juanvi Munoz is the record holder with 1.00 goals against average and a save percentage of 0.857.

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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 34-31-13 (.521), including a 19-9-4 mark (.656) 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 148-120-59 (.543) 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.


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