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FGCU Men's Soccer Set For Home Opener
Fort Myers, Fla. - After beginning the year with two road games at the Coastal Carolina University/Adidas Invitational, the FGCU men’s soccer team will host its first home game of the season on Friday against UNLV at 7 p.m.
Series Information: First Meeting
Records: FGCU (1-1), UNLV (0-1-1)
A Look at the Eagles
The FGCU men’s soccer team has a 1-1 overall record, after defeating Coastal Carolina and falling to Furman at the CCU/Adidas Invitational. Freshmen Anthony Forde (Odessa, Fla.) and Collin Gill (Plant City, Fla.) lead the Eagle offense with three shots apiece. Forde, Gill and Jonathan Koshko (Tampa, Fla.) lead are tied for the team lead in goals with one each. Trent Anderson (Tampa, Fla.) currently leads the team in assists with two.
Job Well Done
After helping FGCU to a 1-1 record at the CCU/Adidas Invitational, three Eagles were named to the All-Tournament Team.
CCU/Adidas Invitational All-Tournament Team: Jon Leathers (Furman) *Defensive MVP, Eliot Paschalis (Furman) *Offensive MVP, Michael Erwood (Furman), Eric Baffour (Furman), Arjun Jani (FGCU), Colin Gill (FGCU), Matthew O’Shaughnessy (FGCU), Colin Baker (Saint Joseph’s), Mike McInaw (Saint Joseph’s), Djamel Bekka (Coastal Carolina), Kelly Porter (Coastal Carolina)
A Day of Firsts
Only once can a team score the first-ever goal, the first-ever assist or record the first-ever save in program history and for Florida Gulf Coast that day was August 31st, when the Eagles opened their inaugural season at the CCU/Adidas Invitational.
First Goal: Jonathan Koshko (penalty kick vs Coastal Carolina)
First Assist: Trent Anderson (on a goal by Colin Gill vs Coastal Carolina)
First Game-Winning Goal: Anthony Forde (on a 2-on-1 break vs. Coastal Carolina)
First Save: Adam Glick (at the 44:18 mark vs. Coastal Carolina)
Starting Lineup for 1st game: (GK) Adam Glick, (D) Chris DiNapoli, (D) Matt O’Shaughnessy, (F) Colin Gill, (D) Arjun Jani, (M) Ben Foerstner, (M) Diego Meneses, (F) Anthony Forde, (D) Jonathan Koshko, (F) Matthew Piccoli, (F) Taylor Sullivan
Scouting UNLV (0-1-1)
The Runnin’ Rebels were handed a 4-0 loss by Xavier on Sept. 2 in the final game of the 2007 Marriott Kingsgate Xavier Men’s Soccer Challenge. The loss sent the Rebels to 0-1-1 on the season.
El-Hadji Dieng scored the first goal of the game, when Jake Vollmer’s free kick after a Rebel foul found Dieng inside the box, and he fired the ball past a diving UNLV goalkeeper Calvin Bailey in the fourth minute. The lead grew to 2-0 in the 19th minute when Chris Miliano’s corner kick was controlled in the box by Andy Dimbi, who then found Jimmy Cummings close to the goal, and his chip shot was good over Bailey.
Joe Fleckenstein made the lead 3-0 in the 31st minute when Slav Ubiparipovic’s shot was saved by Bailey, but the rebound came back into the box and Fleckenstein sent it back into the net for the score. The final goal came in the 58th minute, when Matt Soldano headed in a corner kick from Dimbi.
Xavier held a 17-10 edge on shots. A total of 29 fouls were called in the game, 16 on UNLV and 13 on XU. Bailey finished with six saves and four goals allowed while Adam Sokolowski made four saves to earn the shutout for the home team.
In their first game, UNLV junior forward Lamar Neagle’s goal midway through the second half helped the Rebels earn a double-overtime tie with Pittsburgh, 1-1, in the season opener for both teams in the 2007 Marriott Kingsgate Xavier Men’s Soccer Challenge on Friday afternoon.
“For us to come out starting five new players and to earn a tie with a Big East opponent, it was a very good start to the season,” said UNLV head coach Mario Sanchez.
The game was scoreless in the first half, thanks to strong defense from both teams, especially from the Rebels who allowed just one shot in the opening 45 minutes. The Panthers would get on the scoreboard first however, notching a goal in the 59th minute. E.J. McCormick dribbled into the box and unleashed a shot to the left corner of the goal. Eric Jaeger assisted on the score.
UNLV would tie the game less then 10 minutes later, when David Bryan fed a pass to Neagle, who then hit a shot from outside the box that cleared the goalie for the tying score in the 68th minute.
The game would go into overtime, and while the Rebels had two shots in the two extra periods to none for Pitt, neither team would score, resulting in the tie for the outcome.
Calvin Bailey played in goal for the Rebels but was not credited with a save while facing 11 shots. Pittsburgh’s Jordan Marks made four saves with one goal allowed. Both teams finished with 11 shots, while Pitt held a 6-5 edge on corner kicks. UNLV would be called for 10 offsides in the contest.