FORT MYERS, Fla. - After beginning the year with four road games, the FGCU men's soccer team will host its first home game of the season on Friday against Seattle at 7 p.m.
Series Information: First Meeting
Records: FGCU (1-2-1), Seattle (3-1-0)
Eagles at Home: (3-3-1)
Eagles Ranked In The Region
The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s soccer team has been ranked #6 in the South Region by the NSCAA after the second week of competition.
The Eagles faced opponents from the Mid-American Conference and the Big East Conference this past weekend, earning a 0-0 tie with Mayors Cup host, Hartwick, and falling 3-0 to Syracuse. The 0-1-1 record earned them a third-place finish in the Mayor’s Cup XXXIII, which also featured UNC Wilmington.
The regional ranking is the second for the program, which began competition one year ago.
(Last Time Out vs. Howard)
Junior Ian Walsh (Novato, Calif.) notched his first career hat trick, and several other Seattle University players enjoyed multiple-point games as the Redhawks cruised past the Howard University Bison, 9-1, Sunday morning in men’s soccer action at the Hensor/Zaher Memorial Diadora Classic hosted by Oregon State at Paul Lorenz Field.
Sean Morris (Bothell, Wash.) started the scoring in the third minute of the match, sending a shot into the lower left corner of the net. The combination of Walsh and Andrew Kreiter (Billings, Mont.) accounted for the next two goals in a 20-second span. The first came on a header by Walsh off a pass from Kreiter in the 18th minute, and then Kreiter again set up Walsh in the 19th minute.
After Rotimi Iziduh scored for the Bison 32 seconds after Walsh’s second goal, the action calmed down until the 38th minute, when Lamar Kumangai-McGee (Spokane, Wash.) scored his first career goal on a cross from the far right side of the field. That would end a half in which Seattle University outshot Howard, 11-1.
Just over nine minutes into the second half, Mutanda Kwesele (Seattle, Wash.) set up Kyle Peterman (Boise, Idaho) for the freshman’s first career goal. Walsh would complete his hat trick with a goal in the 77th minute off an assist from C.J. Hamel (Seattle, Wash.). The Bison could not stop the Redhawks’ offensive attack, as Luis Gamez (The Dalles, Ore.) scored with just over six minutes remaining in the match, and then set up Kwesele for another goal with 4:41 remaining. Hamel finished off the scoring by converting on a penalty kick with two minutes left in the second half.
Howard University (0-4) only took three shots in the match and did not earn a corner kick opportunity while giving up seven corner kicks to the Redhawks. Bison goalie Adisa Bekoe was credited with two saves, while his teammates also earned a team save. Seattle University goalie Jordan Jennings (Tacoma, Wash.) did not pick up a save in the match but did earn the victory.
The nine goals were the most scored by the Seattle University men’s soccer team since an 8-0 shutout at Chaminade University during the 2006 season. The Redhawks are now 3-0 against Division I schools so far this season, with all of the matches taking place at neutral sites.