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Men's Soccer to Host 2010 Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU men’s soccer team will finally makes its much-anticipated home debut this Thursday when it welcomes three teams to FGCU Soccer Complex for the 2010 Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic. The two-day tournament will be held on Thursday, Sept. 16 and Saturday, Sept. 18 beginning at 5 p.m. each day and will feature Drexel, FGCU, No. 9 Ohio State and No. 24 USF, who have combined to go 12-3-2 over the first two weeks of the regular season.
The opening game of the two-day event will pin a pair of ranked opponents against each other when No. 24 USF and No. 9 Ohio State collide at 5 p.m. followed by FGCU’s home opener against undefeated Drexel in Thursday’s nightcap. Saturday will kick-off with No. 24 USF taking on Drexel at 5 p.m. before FGCU and No. 9 Ohio State meet in the final game of the tournament.
Thursday, Sept. 16
5:00 p.m. No. 24 USF vs. No. 9 Ohio State
7:30 p.m. FGCU vs. Drexel
Saturday, Sept. 18
5:00 p.m. Drexel vs. No. 24 USF
7:30 p.m. No. 9 Ohio State vs. FGCU
“I’m really excited about the quality of teams that are coming to our tournament,” said fourth-year head coach Bob Butehorn. “Anytime we get a chance to play against two undefeated teams and two ranked teams in the same week, it certainly presents a challenge to our team.”
Currently 2-2-1 on the season, the Eagles return home after starting the first five games of the year on the road. The Blue and Green used a pair of second half goals in the season opener to defeat No. 13 USF (Sept. 1), 2-1, snapping the Bulls 30-game home unbeaten streak (26-0-4). FGCU followed the opening victory with a pair of games at both the Richmond Classic and Marquette Invitational. Scoring on an amazing 60-yard free-kick by senior Matthew O’Shaughnessy (Trinity, Fla./Mitchell HS) at the 109:59 mark, the Eagles took the opening contest against host VCU (Sept. 4) in Richmond, but fell to Old Dominion (Sept. 6), 2-0, in their second contest. For the remainder of the road swing FGCU went just 0-1-1, dropping a close contest to host Marquette (Sept. 10), 1-0, and playing to a scoreless draw with Valparaiso (Sept. 18) in Milwaukee, Wis.
Sophomore midfielder Deion Jones (Tampa, Fla./Freedom HS) leads the Eagles with five points on a pair of goals and an assist to his credit. Jones certainly provided an offensive spark for the Eagles on the pitch through the opening contests and picked up National Team of the Week honors from College Soccer News and TopDrawerSoccer.com for his efforts. Freshman Ryan Price (Melbourne Beach, Fla./Melbourne HS) and O’Shaughnessy claim the other two goals on the season for the Blue and Green, while senior Jonathan Koshko (New Port Richey, Fla./Mitchell HS) has also picked up an assist.
Starting every game this season, redshirt junior goalkeeper Adam Glick (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley HS) will be looking for his 10th career shutout as the tournament gets underway this week. Coming off a contest where he tallied seven saves in the shutout against Valpo, Glick now has 21 saves and a 0.92 save percentage, playing just less than 490 minutes in five starts this year.
The 2010 Embassy Suites Kickoff Classic will mark the third time in four years which the Eagles have hosted the tournament. In the 2007 inaugural season, the Blue and Green welcomed Navy and Illinois-Chicago, followed by Holy Cross, Fairfield and Central Florida in the 2008 event.
Live stats, box scores and recaps for every game of the tournament will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com in the Tournament Central. Live updates of FGCU’s games can also be followed on www.twitter.com/FGCUEagles.
Tickets for the 2010 Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic can be purchased through the FGCU Ticket Office in Alico Arena either in person or by phone at (239) 590-7145. Tickets are also available at www.FGCUathletics.com/tickets. All Tournament passes, valid for all games during the tournament, will be $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 3-18). Admission for FGCU faculty, staff, and students is free.
Returning 21 players (seven starters) from last season, first-year head coach Doug Hess and the Dragons bring their unblemished 4-0 record to Fort Myers after rattling off victories over Canisius (5-0), Villanova (2-0), Temple (3-1) and NJIT (2-1). With three seconds remaining against NJIT on Monday, Anthony Bafile connected with Ken Tribbett, who sent a leaping header to the middle of the net to give Drexel the last second victory. Drexel has outscored their opponents 12-2 in the four contests this year. The Dragons enter the week tied for fourth in the nation in goals per game at 3.3, with Andrew Goldberg scoring four goals and Nathan Page claiming three goals so far this season.
No. 9 Ohio State Notes
The No. 9 Buckeyes bring a flawless 4-0 record to the FGCU Soccer Complex this week after knocking off their first four opponents (Charleston, Buffalo, Binghamton, Bucknell) by a combined 6-1 margin. Ohio State is one of just 14 Division teams that has allowed one goal or less this season. Prior to allowing a goal against Bucknell in the 78th-minute of its last game, Ohio State began the year with three straight shutouts and didn’t allow a goal over the first 347 minutes of the season. In his 14th season at the helm, head coach John Bluem has the Buckeyes ranked 9th in the NSCAA/adidas Top 25 National Poll and 3rd in the NSCAA Great Lakes Regional Poll. The defending Big Ten regular season and tournament champs welcome back eight starters and 19 letterwinners from last year’s club. Senior Konrad Warzycha enters the tournament on a three-game goal scoring streak and is tied for seventh in the nation with four on the season. Earlier this week, Warzycha was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com national team of the week and was featured in Soccer America's College Soccer Reporter update.
No. 24 USF Notes
With their only loss of the year credited to FGCU in the season opener, the Bulls roll onto campus with a 2-1-1 record after picking up two straight wins over Stony Brook (2-0) and Virginia Tech (2-0). In a week where net-minder Jeff Attinella picked up BIG EAST Goalie of the Week honors, the Bulls were also picked 24th in College Soccer News’ Top 25 and in TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Tournament 48 rankings under the guidance of ninth-year head coach George Keifer. Four different players have combined for the Bulls’ five goals on the season.