FGCU draws 1-1 with Jacksonville in ASUN opener
JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – FGCU Men’s Soccer (3-0-2, 0-0-1 ASUN) opened ASUN play and pushed their unbeaten record to five as they tied 1-1 at Jacksonville (2-2 -2, 0-1-1 ASUN), Friday night at Southern Oak Stadium. It’s the best five-game start to the season in program history.
Second year Aaron Markowitz (Plantation, Florida, / Western HS) scored the Eagles’ only goal in 73rd minute.
“I thought we were superior in just about every facet of the game other than converting our opportunities. Our ball retention, pace, organization and build from the back to our middle third were excellent,” said the head coach. Jesse Cormier. “From the stats, I felt we were dominating territorially but needed more efficiency in our final action. We had some great contributions from players coming into the game tonight, Aaron Markowitz, Jahvanie Hammond, Paul Santanachand Timon Zech brought great energy and helped us get at least one point on the road tonight.”
Overall, FGCU outshot the Dolphins 22-6 while having seven-for-three shots on goal. The Eagles also had an 11-1 advantage on corner kicks.
The Eagles only had two yellow cards in the evening, but unfortunately it was to the same player as the junior defender Anthony Rowan (Connellsville, PA/Marshall) picked up one in the 57th minute before landing his second in the 79e minute, leading to his expulsion.
Second year goaltender Wyatt Kistner (Midlothian/Virginia. /Cosby HS) allowed only one goal while making two saves.
freshman defender Antoine Gagliardi II (Hubbard, Ohio/Slippery Rock) almost gave the Eagles the lead in the opening six minutes as he fired the ball into the center of the back of the net where the keeper was able to corral it. From there, the Eagles were dangerous firing six shots including four high level David Alves (Belo Horizonte/ West Florida) but none connected.
The Dolphins made it to the bulletin board within 30e minute and FGCU attempted to respond as Paul Santanach (Barcelona, Spain) drove the ball into the back of the net but it was again saved. It was the last shot of the half and the Dolphins entered the break with a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, FGCU kept trying and outscored the Dolphins 4-3 in the first 25 minutes until Markowitz scored his first goal of the season on a corner from the first-year midfielder Alon Drey (Or’Aqiva, Israel).
With the game tied at 1-1, both teams tried tirelessly to get the winning goal. Once again, the Eagles applied more pressure by firing six shots at the Dolphins. Markowitz had the last chance for the FGCU in ’86e minute as he shot through the center of the goal to see him saved by Christian Sekanina.
The FGCU received several accolades this week as a coach Jesse Cormier won his 150e win last Sunday against Mercer, followed by the graduate striker Aedon Kyra (Sydney, Australia/UNLV) was named ASUN Player of the Week on Tuesday for his game-winning goal against the Bears. A day later, United Soccer coaches announced that FGCU were second in the Atlantic region poll behind 21st Nationally ranked Lipscomb.
The FGCU will return to action in two days in Fort Myers when they take on ACC member Louisville on Monday night at 7 p.m.
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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 after being hired in January 2017 to become the 2nd head coach in program history. Cormier guided FGCU to an overall record of 36-31-14 (.521), including a 19-9-4 (.656) mark in the ASUN game. The Eagles have reached the ASUN Tournament semifinals in nine of 10 seasons (every year of eligibility except one), as Cormier has coached 31 all-conference selections since joining (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 advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. While in Vermont, Cormier guided the America East tournament schedule in 12 of 13 seasons, making five appearances in title games, winning two tournament crowns, claiming a regular season championship and qualifying for three NCAA tournaments, including a pair of second round appearances. Cormier holds an overall record of 150-120-60 (.543) as a head coach in his 16-plus seasons at the helm.
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ABOUT THE FGCU
FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 85 regular season and conference tournament titles in just 13+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of DI playoff eligibility, the Eagles have brought together 42 teams or individuals competing in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs ranked in the top 25 nationally in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (#21, 2020-21), beach volleyball (#20, 2021) and men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s football. (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Vert et Bleu posted the department’s best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and Florida State’s top seven teams won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progression in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 classroom GPA in the fall 2020 semester and outperformed the general undergraduate college population for 24 consecutive semesters. The Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 semesters each saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a team GPA of 3.0 or higher in each. The Eagles also served an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two finalists for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.