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Orlando City honors Pulse victims in new stadium

Orlando City Soccer Club president Phil Rawlins held a private ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 4 where he unveiled 49 rainbow-colored seats honoring the 49 Pulse Nightclub shooting victims. The seats, which honor the people killed in the Orlando gay nightclub on June 12, are in section 12. The new stadium is set to open in March at the start of the 2017 Major League Soccer season. Each seat features a #OrlandoUnited stamp, memorializing one of the tragedy’s victims. This memorial will be a permanent feature in the new stadium that can seat up 25,500 people. “Just over six months ago...

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Tabby Tindell named to ASUN Fall 2016 Winners for Life

Highlighting success on and off the field, the Atlantic Sun Conference named Tabby Tindell to its Fall 2016 Winners for Life team for demonstrating the conference’s core values: education, honesty, student-athlete experience, fairness, health, ambition, respect, diversity, inclusion, leadership, responsibility and sportsmanship. Entering her senior season with a 3.29 GPA, the health science major earned Dean’s List three times, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll five times and ASUN All-Academic Honors twice. On the field, Tindell won the ASUN Player of the Year for the third consecutive season in 2016, setting conference records in career goals with 66 and points with...

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FGCU men’s soccer head coach resigns to become head coach at USF

FGCU men’s soccer program-founding head coach Bob Butehorn has resigned from his position after 10 seasons to become the head coach at USF. Assistant coaches Joe Dincecco and Henry Apaloo will be following Butehorn to USF. Eduardo Villarreal, who just finished his second season with the Eagles as an assistant coach, has been promoted as the team’s interim head coach. Since the Eagles first season in 2007, Butehorn has coached six professional players and 63 ASUN All-Conference selections. He has guided the Eagles to four ASUN Tournament championships and NCAA Tournament appearances (2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016) all during...

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Beyond the Nest: Ep. 1 – Albert Ruiz

Filmed and edited by Katie Hopkins. Albert Ruiz walks across the pitch without a care in the world. Taking the same field as he has done time and time again from his youth, to his career with the FGCU men’s soccer team, Ruiz seems calm after experiencing feelings of euphoria and disappointment on the pitch through the 2016 season. Ruiz, a Barcelona, Spain native, led a historic season for the FGCU men’s soccer team, propelling the team to the second round of the NCAA College Cup for the first time in program history and its highest national ranking –...

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Albert Ruiz dubbed NSCAA First Team All-American

On the eve of being named to the NSCAA Southeast Region First Team, Albert Ruiz was named a NSCAA First Team All American, becoming the first All-American in FGCU men’s soccer program history. After leading the nation in goals and points, Ruiz is the first Atlantic Sun Conference member to receive an All-American selection since 2011 and the first All-American First Team member since 1997. “It’s truly an honor for me to represent this amazing school throughout the country and around the world,” Ruiz said to FGCU Athletics. “I’ll be forever thankful for everything I’ve received here at FGCU....

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Tabby Tindell earns recognition as a First Team Senior CLASS All-American

Postseason awards for FGCU women’s soccer player, Tabby Tindell, continue to flood in. Along with her recent NSCAA All-American status, Tindell was named a First Team Senior CLASS Award All-American. This award was offered to ten finalists in November which were then voted on by fans, coaches and social media to see who they felt best represented the CLASS acronym [Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School]. The Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete, hoping to inspire those in athletics and to make a positive impact as leaders in their field. On the field, Tindell set conference records...

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Tabby Tindell dubbed NSCAA third team All-American

FGCU women’s soccer player, Tabby Tindell has earned All-American honors, placing on the Third Team, announced by the National Soccer Association of America, for the second time in her career. Tindell was named a Second Team All-American by College Soccer News, but now becomes the first FGCU soccer player to earn the honors from NSCAA. The forward leads the ASUN in goals (66) and points (162). This season, she led the league even after suffering an injury, with 14 goals and eight assists en route to earning her third Player of the Year honor. “This means a lot,” Tindell said....

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FGCU men’s soccer coaching staff selected as Southeast Region Staff of the Year

On the eve of its record-breaking season, the FGCU men’s soccer team coaches have been selected as the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Southeast Region Staff of the Year. Guiding the program to its first ever NCAA Tournament second round appearance, a single-season record 14 wins and their fourth Atlantic Sun Conference Championship, program founder and head coach Bob Butehorn, assistant coach Joe Dincecco, assistant coach Henry Apaloo and volunteer assistant coach Eduardo Villarreal will be honored at the College Coaches Awards Reception on Jan. 12. “This award and honor is all about the coaches and staff I...

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Albert Ruiz deemed semifinalist for 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy

Coming off of an historic season in front of goal, FGCU striker Albert Ruiz has been named a semifinalist for the 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy, college soccer’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. This award recognizes the top men’s collegiate soccer players from around the nation. Ruiz is one of 15 semifinalists announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America officials. Division I men’s soccer coaches with assistance from the NSCAA D-I Men’s Senior College All-America Committee voted on these semifinalists. The Barcelona native earned the NCAA golden boot, scoring 22 goals in the 2016 campaign. Ruiz was also dubbed a three-time National Player...

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FGCU men’s soccer falls to UNC in double overtime

Playing in the second round of the NCAA College Cup for the first time in program history after defeating USF in penalty kicks 3-0, the FGCU men’s soccer team’s historic season came to an end on Sunday, Nov. 21, falling to UNC 3-2 in double overtime. “It was an exciting season and one I will always remember,” FGCU head coach Bob Butehorn said to FGCU Athletics. “This was a special group of guys that put together a pretty good year by anyone’s standards. Even towards the end of this game, being a man down, the guys responded with a...

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