Stout Defense, Mullings’ Brace leads men’s football over Jacksonville
FORT MYERS, Florida. – In ASUN’s opener against defending and pre-season favorite Jacksonville (1-4, 0-1 ASUN), FGCU men’s soccer team (1-4-1, 1 -0 ASUN) answered the call on Saturday night at Pickering Field, beating the Dolphins 2-0 for their first win of the season.
Senior O’Vonte Mullings (Toronto, Ontario, Canada / Northview Heights Secondary) scored both goals for the Eagles to give him five for the season and 26 for his career.
“It feels good to get the win in our first conference game,” said assistant coach Pierre Thomas, who was the interim head coach tonight at Jesse cormier‘s absence. “What is more important to me is our performance. I think we played really well, I think we had a lot of good chances, good opportunities and dominated the game. We had some adversity in the first two weeks of the season and it was a fantastic show of solidarity and we showed our quality and intelligence in this game. “
Overall, the FGCU dominated the Dolphins, 20-13 as each team had seven shots on goal. The Eagles also had a 7-4 advantage on corners.
Graduate student Gustavo Vasconcelos (Recife, Brazil / Colegio GGE) got the shutout making seven saves, a few from close range.
Mullings nearly gave the Eagles the lead in the first five minutes as he received a cross into the box and had a net open, but his shot hit the top crossbar and bounced straight back to where the keeper could. lock him up.
Mullings didn’t miss his next opportunity as he put the Eagles on the board in the 28e minute. Senior Senior Shandel (Kingston, Jamaica / Vere Technical High School / Daytona State) sent the ball towards Mullings where it made a movement around the goalkeeper, who was playing very high, and fired a shot into the open net.
In the second half, the FGCU doubled its lead to 59e minute. After a free kick from the outside bounced towards a graduate student Miles robinson (Woodbridge, Virginia / Forest Park HS / Santa Clara / Portland), he played give and go with junior David alves (Belo Horizante, Brazil / Celso Machado HS / West Florida) before crossing the ball towards the goal, where Mullings tapped it.
The Dolphins had their best chance to get on the board late in the game as Nick Mair found himself with just Vasconcelos to beat, but the Brazilian showed why he was selected as ASUN Goalkeeper of the Year for the preseason while he made an incredible split second record.
The FGCU will return to action a week from tonight when they travel to Lynchburg, Va. To take on Liberty. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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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 29-26-12 (.522), including a score of 15-5-4 (.708) 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 143-113-58 (.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 of 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.