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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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FGCU men’s soccer goes 1-1 at the Peter Baldwin Memorial Classic

On Friday night, the Eagles competed in their first game at the Peter Baldwin Memorial Classic and flew by Vermont to earn a dominant 4-0 victory. The Eagles then took on Central Connecticut State on Sunday, but suffered a tough 2-0 loss. “Our start to the game was excellent. The guys came out sharp, we moved the ball well, defended hard and, really, created more chances than we converted,” said FGCU head coach Jesse Cormier. “With that early momentum we were able to take the crowd out of the game and get the clean sheet on the road against...

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FGCU men’s soccer open season with 3-1 loss to No. 3 Denver

The FGCU men’s soccer team traveled to Colorado to face off against the University of Denver for the first time in program history. The Eagles fell after a tough fought battle in the second half, 3-1 to the No. 3 Pioneers. However, FGCU played without two key players – Albert Ruiz and Kamar Marriott – due to injuries. Denver struck first in the 9th minute by way of Andre Shinyashiki after a ball from Kyle Morlack was crossed in over the backline. The Pioneers lead was short lived after Nicolas Samayoa converted the equalizer. The ASUN Preseason Defensive Player...

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FGCU women’s soccer earns 5-1 win over Eastern Michigan

The FGCU women’s soccer team continued its dominance against Eastern Michigan earning a 5-1 win over EMU Sunday morning. “I was very pleased with the weekend,” said head coach Jim Blankenship. “Any time you can get six points on the weekend and on the road, it’s a good thing. I was very happy with the way we played today and it resulted in some great goals. It was big for us to bounce back after we gave up an equalizer late in the first half, and we did and then some.” Throughout the entire first half, the Eagles continued...

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Preview: Women’s soccer at FAU Adidas Owl Classic

The FGCU women’s soccer team is set to compete in its first invitational of the season, the FAU Adidas Owl Classic in Boca Raton. Play will begin on Friday, August 25th at 5 p.m. against Valparaiso and will conclude Sunday, August 27th at 11 a.m. against Eastern Michigan. This will be the first time these teams will be meeting each other. Valparaiso ended last season with an overall record of 9-10 while Eastern Michigan finished with a 6-10-4 overall record. Next, the Eagles will host a home tournament starting Friday, September 1st at 7 p.m. against Kent State. Play...

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