Maurer’s goal gives men’s football 1-0 win over Bellarmine
FORT MYERS, Florida. – that of Markus Maurer (Friedrichshafen, Germany / Monroe College) goal in the 68e minute made the difference as the FGCU men’s soccer team claimed a 1-0 victory over Bellarmine on Saturday night at Pickering Field. The Eagles improved to 2-6-1 overall and 2-2 in ASUN play while the Knights fell to 5-5-1 overall and 1-3-0 in the league.
“I’m proud of the effort tonight; it’s been a tough, tough month,” said the head coach Jesse cormier. “So it’s fun to see the guys rewarded for their efforts. I thought they were playing a really smart game and I thought they made some good decisions to keep possession. We looked alike tonight and when we play. with our identity, I think us’ it’s hard to beat. “
The Eagles commanded possession for much of the game, resulting in a 19-to-1 advantage in shots and an 8-to-2 advantage in corners. The 19 shots were only one point away from matching the season high of 20 in the 2-0 win over Jacksonville.
Maurer’s second-half tally, his first of the season, came on a cross from Max Edwards (Woodbridge, Virginia / Forest Park / Radford) near the far corner flag. Edwards found Maurer who was 15 yards in front of goal and kicked the ball into the air with his left foot to get it into the far post.
The only shot for Bellarmine came in the 13e minute of play but was not on target. The lone shot awarded marked a season low for the Eagles’ defense.
FGCU guard Gustavo Vasconcelos (Recife, Brazil / Colegio GGE) was not forced into action on the evening to earn his second shutout of the season, while Knights goaltender Connor Range made eight saves in the game.
The Eagles will be back in action on Saturday, October 16 at Lipscomb in Nashville. The match is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. (7 p.m. CT) between the two teams who are currently tied in the league standings.
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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 31-28-12 (.518), including a score of 17-7-4 (.667) 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 145-115-58 (.551) as a head coach during 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 women’s football (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’s First Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.