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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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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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FGCU Women’s Soccer plays to a 0-0 draw vs. Stetson

The FGCU women’s soccer team opened up ASUN play in Deland, Florida with a 0-0 draw versus the Hatters. Despite not getting a win, the Eagles extended their unbeaten streak in conference play to 45 games, which is fourth longest in Division 1 history. “Defensively we played well,” said head coach Jim Blankenship to FGCU athletics. “It’s a little bittersweet because while we got the shutout, we’re accustomed to getting better results. We had some chances, their keeper made a couple of really good saves and I think this is one where both teams had that one really good chance...

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FGCU soccer defeats Jacksonville in the ASUN Opener

In a rematch of the ASUN semifinals from a year ago, the FGCU men’s soccer team once again defeated Jacksonville, this time by a score of 1-0 on a goal from Shak Adams. The Eagles outshot the Dolphins 12-3 and Connor Gavigan picked up his third shut out of the season. “Certainly not our best performance,” said head coach Jesse Cormier. “I thought we looked tired at times. I thought Jacksonville did a very good job. They are very highly educated at what they are doing in terms of scouring us and knowing what to do against us. Overall,...

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Preston Kilwien late goal gives FGCU a 1-0 win vs. UCF

Playing in its second home game of the year, FGCU picked up its second win of the season on a late goal from Preston Kilwien in the 79th minute. “It took a lot of pride being on our home field,” said head coach Jesse Cormier. “The big issue vs. LMU (Loyola Marriot University) on Friday was we weren’t able to finish the game and I thought tonight we were able to finish. We had some scary moments toward the end, but I thought we had a good idea of how we wanted to play. The guys were very disciplined...

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FGCU men’s soccer finishes in a tie at first home game

The FGCU men’s soccer team hosted Loyola Marymount University and posted a 2-2 tie Friday night. Coming into this matchup, Alvaro Madrigal was LMU’s leading scorer with two goals so far this season. The team’s goalie, Collin Partee, averaged 1.49 goals over 544 minutes of play this season. Starting the game off, Miguel Perez found himself unmarked outside the eighteen and fired a shot into Partee’s chest. Already in the 5th minute, FGCU had a 3-0 shot advantage. However, in the 20th minute, Robert Ferrer fired a volley that rang off the crossbar. Moments later, Miguel Jaime and Shak...

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Melissa Weck named Defensive Player of the Week for the Second Time

After saving 10 shots on Friday night in the Eagles 1-0 win over Arizona and three more on Sunday, Melissa Weck was named Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in her career.  In the two games over the weekend, the opposition took 26 shots, but Weck only allowed two goals to get past her.  She made 13 saves and reached her 14th career shutout with the Eagles win on Friday.   Also, for a fourth consecutive week, a member of the Eagles was awarded a weekly award, and Weck joins Lindsay Patton, who also received Defensive Player of the Week.   After winning 14 games in her freshmen season, Weck Leads the A-Sun with six wins. She also is leading the conference with...

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FGCU women’s soccer team split a pair of games in Arizona

The FGCU women’s soccer team escaped Hurricane Irma by traveling to the West Coast to play a pair of games against Arizona and Arizona State. The Eagles defeated Arizona 1-0 on Friday, but fell to Arizona State 2-1 just two days later.   Battling against a Power 5 program in Arizona, FGCU scored midway into the first half and Melisa Weck preserved the shutout for her fourth of the season.  “This is a phenomenal result and a testament for how well our kids battled,” said head coach Jim Blankenship to FGCU athletics. “Weck was absolutely fabulous as always and led a bend-don’t-break defense. These kids were outstanding defensively today. I’m just really proud of the kids’ effort, and this is a great result against a really good team. This is a great win for the program.”  In the first 20 minutes of the match, the Wildcats generated four shots on multiple corner kicks, but Weck and her defense kept it scoreless. Moments later, Camille Knundstrom sent a long ball to Varin Ness who broke clear of the defense and scored the lone goal of the match. For Ness, it was her second goal of the year.  Despite the lead, the wildcats pressured FGCU throughout the rest of the half, leading to Weck making seven more saves.  Coming out of the break, Arizona continued to control play, earning a couple of corners. Weck then came up with two of her biggest saves on Carlie Crisler and Gabi Stolan, preventing a tie.   FGCU earned their first corner late in the half right after...

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Preview: Women’s soccer at Arizona

The FGCU women’s soccer team will head to Arizona to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils Friday, Sept. 8 at 9:30 p.m. The Eagles will be coming off four home games that included FAU, Kent State and Liberty University. This will be the first time these two teams will meet in program history. Arizona is currently 1-1-1 with its one loss against UCF 1-2 and its one time against UC Irvine. Last season, Arizona ended with an overall record of 9-9-1, going 4-7 in its conference play. Next, the Eagles will take on the Sun Devils in Arizona...

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