Men’s football upsets North West Big Ten in home opener, 1-0

FORT MYERS, Florida. – The FGCU Men’s Soccer Team (1-0-1) locked down defensively and used a barrage of shots to topple Northwestern (0-1-1), 1-0, Sunday night at Pickering Field during of the Eagles’ home opener. It was the Eagles’ sixth win over a Power Five school in program history dating back to wins over Penn State (2008), Ohio State (2010), South Carolina (2012), Rutgers (2016) and Michigan. (2019).

“I loved our first half – I thought it was full of passing, movement and pace. I thought they were really struggling to maintain structure and we were able to break through it at times,” said the head coach. Jesse Cormier. “Davi’s goal was fantastic, but I think there were a lot of chances in the game, especially in the first half. You can’t bring a team to life, and we did that a bit in second half. They’re a mentally tough team and they’re a Big Ten team. They tied Notre Dame last week, so they’re not going to fall out of the game. We’ve got to do a much better job of putting a team to away, but it’s definitely a progression in terms of how we played versus what we did at USF.”

The Eagles dominated possession for most of the night, resulting in a 23-to-11 advantage on shots. The 23 shots for FGCU are tied for fifth most in a single game in program history.

The only goal of the night was a beauty for Eagles fans who waited over an hour and 20 minutes due to a rain delay for kick off. David Alves (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) buried the ball inside the far post at 23:17 after a corner kick was sent from the far sideline.
For the remainder of the half, the Wildcats had only one shot on net which was stopped by Wyatt Kistner (Midlothian, Virginia) to retain the lead at intermission.

FGCU came out of the break blazing and firing six shots but neither could connect with the back of the net. NU responded with four shots for the remaining minutes of the game with the last in the final four minutes on the clock. Kistner got his second shutout of the season with the win

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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 after being hired in January 2017 to become the 2nd head coach in program history. Cormier guided FGCU to an overall record of 34-31-13 (.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 148-120-59 (.543) as a head coach in his 16-plus seasons at the helm.

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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.


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