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FGCU clinches spot in ASUN Championship with 5-0 over Jacksonville

The FGCU women’s soccer team scored two goals in the first half and three in the second to pick up a 5-0 win over Jacksonville, earning a spot in the ASUN Tournament. FGCU, who has won seven straight regular season championships, currently sits in a tie for first place in the ASUN standings with Lipscomb and will look to clinch it outright with a win versus the Bisons on Tuesday. “It was a great performance tonight,” head coach Jim Blankenship said. “I love the way the guys played and set the tone early. We got two phenomenal goals from Ma (Boilesen), the passing was crisp, everyone was getting in and we were able to create a lot of great chances early. And for us, it’s not the first goal, but the second. The second goal takes a lot of pressure off and this sets up a big one Tuesday.” Early on, the Eagles were able to maintain possession. In the 12th minute, they took a 1-0 lead on Marjorie Boilesen’s team-leading tenth goal of the season. Camille Knudstrup and Holly Fritz picked up their first of three assists they would get in the contest. Just a little more than four minutes later on a corner kick for FGCU, Fritz sent one into the box that Boilesen connected into the top-right corner for her second of the game and a...

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FGCU drops heartbreaking 4-3 loss in double overtime to #14 FIU

After leading #14 FIU 3-1 with less than 20 minutes to go, the Eagles lose 4-3 (OT), allowing a goal in both the final minute of regulation and OT to fall to 6-4-1 on the season. “Tonight is a bad loss,” head coach Jesse Cormier said.  “In so many ways we were in a great position versus a nationally ranked opponent, and we could not just finish the job. I give FIU a lot of credit because they could have rolled over, but they kept fighting and fighting and kept inching toward the result. As a coaching staff and...

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FGCU volleyball wins its fourth straight over FIU in straight sets

Playing in a non-conference regular season game, the Eagles defeated FIU for the second time this season, moving 13-6 on the season. Also, Courtney Stephens moves into the top-five in digs after the senior finished with 11 on the night. “I thought we played amazing defensively,” FGCU head coach Matt Botsford said. “We’ve been on them a lot recently about making that jump both at the net and the floor defense. But I thought tonight those things really played hand in hand with one another. I’m really pleased with the direction on that side of the ball. It’s going...

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FGCU men’s basketball hires new assistant coach

The FGCU men’s basketball team announced they have hired former Texas Assistant Coach David Carson to the same position with the Eagles. Carson spent time with VCU, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Texas and has been apart of over 400 wins, as well as four NCAA tournament appearances and six NIT tournaments. He spent time with Shaka Smart as his assistant and followed him to Texas when Smart was hired in 2015. “We’re excited to have David on staff,” FGCU head coach Joe Dooley said to FGCU athletics. “He has proven to be an immensely-talented coach, recruiter and leader, and...

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Men’s soccer defeats Lipscomb 2-0 for fifth straight win

Looking for its fifth straight win, the FGCU men’s soccer team defeated Lipscomb 2-0 to move into a tie with Stetson with nine points in the ASUN play. “I’m very excited about how we went about business tonight,” FGCU head coach Jesse Cormier said. “They’re a very difficult opponent; Lipscomb’s energy and mentality makes it difficult to break their spirit. We were hoping to get a third (goal) and that would have been a catalyst for the game to be over. I’m very proud of the guys being able to match Lipscomb’s energy and create and finish the opportunities...

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FGCU routes NJIT to pick up second conference win

The FGCU women’s soccer team begins its road trip with a 6-0 win with five different scores getting into the action. With the win, the Eagles have earned seven points in conference play and sit behind Stetson, having played one fewer game than them. “We came out with a really good mentality and we set the tone early,” head coach Jim Blankenship said. “We put them under a lot of pressure and we were rewarded with some really nice goals. It started with good tempo and we dictated the match, which is what we’ve been trying to do all...

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Eagles defeat #24 Omaha 3-2 in Albert Ruiz’s return to the field

Playing in his first game back from injury, the nation’s leading goal scorer a season ago, Albert Ruiz, notches his first of the season in the Eagles’ 3-2 win over #24 Omaha. “It has been a tough summer, tough five months, but it’s the power of the mind,” Ruiz said. “Three months ago I started thinking of this day and how I can make an impact. I knew I wouldn’t be 100 percent physically, but you need to find a way to make an impact.” Not only was this the Eagles’ fourth consecutive win, it also was FGCU’s 100...

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FGCU women’s soccer team earns first conference win over Kennesaw State

After being rained out on Friday in a rematch of the ASUN final, the FGCU women’s soccer team was back in action on Sunday, scoring three first half goals to pick up its first win in conference play. This was the Eagles’ eighth victory over the season and all of them have come on shutouts from goaltender Melissa Weck. “Its exciting to kind of get back playing and kind of get a rhythm,” head coach Jim Blankenship said. “We go on the road and play a very good Stetson team and we get a point and it felt like...

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FGCU swim team participates in pre-season scrimmage

The FGCU swim team hosted its annual Blue and Green Scrimmage on Saturday as the Eagles prepare for the start of the 2017-2018 season. With 17 events taking place, 10 different meet records were broken, including two from Elizabeth Zeiger and Doris Eichorn. “The green and blue scrimmage is an excellent opportunity for our team to work on team comradery and build a lot of team spirit,” head coach Dave Rollins said. “We swam a lot of different events that we don’t normally swim throughout the season, and it is a lot of fun to see us race in...

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Eagles move to 2-0 in conference play with win over UNF

Playing on the road for the first time in conference play, the FGCU men’s soccer team defeated UNF 2-0 behind goals from Robert Ferrer and Shak Adams. Goaltender Connor Gavigan registered his fourth shutout of the year and now has not allowed a goal in the last 297 minutes and 14 seconds, dating back to Sept. 15 versus Loyola Marymount. “We played with a lot of heart and determination tonight,” head coach Jesse Cormier said. “UNF threw the house at us, but our guys played hard. Earlier in the season, I’m not sure we would have come through with...

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