BOCA RATON, Fla. – Despite a pair of O’Vonte Mullings (Toronto, Ontario/Northview Heights) goals, the FGCU men’s soccer team fell 3-2 in overtime at FAU on Tuesday night at the FAU Soccer Complex. The Eagles fall to 0-4-1 on the year, while FAU improved to 4-1-0 overall.
Mullings two goals moved him into second all-time at FGCU for career goals as he now has 24 in his four seasons. He passed Shak Adams who had 23 from 2016-19. He also now has 54 career points which puts him eight shy of passing Adams (62) there as well. Albert Ruiz holds the FGCU career records for both goals (34) and points (76) from 2014-17.
“I thought we were strong tactically and executed well; the game started to turn when we lost discipline and physicality took over,” said head coach Jesse Cormier. “The lesson is to stay connected to our concepts and our collective plan. We have quite a few guys who are stepping up and we’re encouraged by that; we’ll be looking forward to starting ASUN play this weekend.”
The Eagles broke open the match when Mullings scored in the 23rd minute as he slotted a strike into the right side of the goal. That score stood for the balance of the half as FGCU took a lead into halftime for the first time this season.
Just under 15 minutes into the second half, Mullings scored again after Darius Kerr-Cooper (Pickering, Ontario/St. Mary’s HS) put him into position to make it a 2-0 game.
FAU broke up the clean sheet in the 65th minute when Leo Keller scored. The Owls scored again in the 72nd minute when Filip Jauk tied the game following a pair of yellow cards issued to FGCU’s Jahvanie Hammond (Lauderhill, Fla./Coral Glades HS) in a 23-second span that put the Eagles a man down.
The Eagles had four shots and two corners in the final 10 minutes of regulation, but were unable to find the go ahead goal.
Jauk scored the game-winning goal in the 98th minute off a deflection to give the Owls the come-from-behind win.
FGCU posted a season-high 17 shots and 13 corners for the match, while FAU tallied 14 shots and seven corners.
Gustavo Vasconcelos (Recife, Brazil/Colegio GGE) earned the start in goal for FGCU making two saves, while FAU keeper Neil Strauber made eight saves in the win.
The Eagles will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 18 in a rematch of last spring’s ASUN Championship game when Jacksonville visits Pickering Field at the FGCU Soccer Complex to open league play. The opening kickoff is set for 6 PM.
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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 of 2017 to become just the 2nd head coach in program history. Cormier has guided FGCU to a 29-26-12 (.530) record overall, including a 15-5-4 mark (.708) in ASUN play. The Eagles have reached the ASUN Tournament semifinals for nine-straight seasons (every year of eligibility), as Cormier has coached 28 all-conference selections since his arrival (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 advanced to the NCAA Tournament Second Round. During his time with Vermont, Cormier guided the program to the America East Tournament in 12 of 13 seasons, making five title game appearances, winning two tournament crowns, claiming a regular-season championship and advancing to three NCAA tournaments, including a pair of Second Round appearances. Cormier holds an overall 143-114-58 (.551) record 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 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of D-I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 42 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport – including women’s basketball (No. 21, 2020-21), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2021) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Green and Blue posted a department-best sixth-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 showing nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and state of Florida best seven teams earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their Academic Progress Rate in their sport. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester and has outperformed the general University undergraduate population for 24 consecutive semesters. The 2019 Fall, 2020 Spring, 2020 Fall, and 2021 Spring semesters each saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher team GPA in each. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.