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FGCU women’s soccer plays to a 2-2 draw first scrimmage against USF

Heading back to the University of South Florida for the first time since their 2-1 NCAA tournament win, the FGCU women’s soccer team played a 2-2 draw in a scrimmage Tuesday night. There were 11 different Eagles who made their debut, including Varin Ness and Majorie Boilesen. Ness and Boilesen accounted for both of the Eagles goals, 7:55 and 19:46, into the game. Sophomore goalie Melissa Weck made a start for FGCU and played 60 minutes, finishing with four saves and allowing one goal before Elyse Hanson came in off the bench. FGCU led 2-1 entering the final of...

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FGCU women’s soccer continues success

After another NCAA tournament appearance for the FGCU women’s soccer team, the new 2017-2018 Eagles team is ready for the start of a new season. With 61 votes, FGCU was chosen to win the ASUN-Preseason Coaches Poll. This will be the Eagles eighth-straight regular season championship. Lipscomb finished with 57 votes and Stetson finished with 47 to round out the top three spots. Also, three Eagles were selected for the ASUN Preseason All-Conference Team, which included Ashley Parks, Nikki Hudson, and Meaghan Mulligan. “This is a great honor for these girls to gain preseason recognition, not only as individuals,...

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Albert Ruiz and Tabby Tindell are named FGCU’s most outstanding athletes

Both Albert Ruiz and Tabby Tindell from the men’s and women’s soccer team were named Most Outstanding Athlete for FGCU during the 2016-2017 year. This is the second time Tindell has won, and she joins a list with Ruiz that includes MLB All-Star Chris Sale, Washington Nationals prospect Jake Noll, and Mets minor leaguer Ricky Knapp, who have also won this award. Tindell, a three-time ASUN player of the year, including 2016, finished her senior season at FGCU with 66 goals, including 14 in her final year for the Eagles. With her 66 goals, she ranks number one in...

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FGCU men’s soccer adds two new assistants to the coaching staff

The newly announced FGCU men’s soccer head coach Jesse Cormier has added two new assistant coaches, Sheldon Cipriani and Ryan Johnson. “It’s exciting for our program to welcome such a great person and coach. His approach is always in the spirit of the development of the player both as a tactician and technician.” Cormier said. “He always considers the bigger picture of helping mentor young men to become better, stronger people to achieve both collective team success and personal full potential in life.” “This hire is an excellent one for our program not just because of who Ryan Johnson...

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FGCU alumna Tabby Tindell on trial with NWSL side Orlando Pride

Kicking off the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League season with its preseason camp, the Orlando Pride welcomed 29 players to the club’s camp, including FGCU alumna Tabby Tindell as a trailist. “We’re very happy with the roster we’ve built during our first full offseason players,” Orlando Pride head coach Tom Sermanni said to “I’m excited to get to work and see how this group performs in the coming year.” As a three-time ASUN Player of the Year, Tindell has the ASUN record for career goals with 66 and points with 162. Spending all four seasons of her collegiate...

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MLS team Chicago Fire holds preseason training camp at FGCU

From flurries and 40s to sun and 70s, FGCU will welcome another MLS team for the second consecutive season. The MLS team, Chicago Fire, has ventured its way down to Southwest Florida as part of its 2017 spring preseason training. With better weather conditions and the ability to play on grass versus turf, the Fire has an ample amount of training opportunities at the FGCU Soccer Complex. “It’s way better than training inside in Chicago on turf,” midfielder Drew Conner said. “It’s definitely a professional level pitch here. I played college soccer for four years, and I’ve been to...

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FGCU men’s soccer suffers loss against MLS team Chicago Fire

With the MLS team, Chicago Fire, visiting FGCU for their preseason training, the men’s soccer team had the opportunity to face the professional side, nearly producing an incredible win. Coming off its best season in program history, the Eagles fell 1-0 to the Chicago Fire Saturday, Feb. 4. The match also marked the first time new head coach Jesse Cormier led the Eagles. After being announced as the new head coach less than two weeks ago, Cormier became just the second men’s soccer head coach in FGCU history. Regardless of the recent change and quick turn-around time, the Eagles...

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Jesse Cormier named FGCU men’s soccer head coach

Following the departure of program founder Bob Butehorn, FGCU Director of Athletics Ken Kavanagh announced that Jesse Cormier will be the new head coach of the FGCU men’s soccer team. Succeeding Butehorn, who resigned to take the head-coaching job at USF, Cormier joins the Eagles after spending 13 seasons as the head coach at the University of Vermont. “I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to Athletic Director Ken Kavanagh and the search committee for giving me this great opportunity to take over and lead a program which has achieved great success,” Cormier said to FGCU Athletics. “Bob (Butehorn)...

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FGCU men’s soccer to face MLS side Chicago Fire in a friendly

Welcoming an MLS side to the FGCU Soccer Complex for the second consecutive season, the FGCU men’s soccer team will take on the Chicago Fire in a friendly on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. Announcing that the FGCU Soccer Complex would host the Fire’s preseason camp from Jan. 29 to Feb. 10 in December, the Eagles will take on their second MLS team in the past two seasons, after playing to a 1-0 loss against David Villa, Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo’s New York City FC side. Kicking off their 20th season as an MLS club in Fort...

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Albert Ruiz to return for senior season

Two days before the Mac Hermann trophy ceremony in St. Louis, Missouri, FGCU forward Albert Ruiz announced on Twitter that he will be returning to FGCU for his senior season. “I can officially say that I’ll be playing College soccer for one more season,” Ruiz said on Twitter. “One more year to become a better player. Grind Season is here!” Although Wake Forrest Midfielder Ian Harkes took home the MAC Hermann trophy besting Maryland’s Gordon Wild and Ruiz, the Barcelona, Spain, native lead the Eagles to their best season in program history. Leading the nation in goals with 22...

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