FORT MYERS, Fla. – Breaking a record which he already held and scoring the first hat trick in FGCU men’s soccer history during a 6-0 shutout of UNF on Sunday, junior forward Scott Harrison (Cocoa, Fla./Merritt Island HS) earned his first Atlantic Sun Player of the Week award, announced by the conference office on Monday.
Harrison’s award marks the fourth consecutive week and fifth time this season that an FGCU student-athlete was recognized with a weekly honor from the A-Sun office. Sophomore defenseman Deion Jones (Tampa, Fla./Freedom HS) earned Player of the Week last Monday, while senior backliner Matthew O’Shaughnessy (Trinity, Fla./Mitchell HS) and redshirt junior goalkeeper Adam Glick (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley HS) picked up Defensive Player of the Week honors in the two weeks prior to Jones, respectively.
On an afternoon highlighted by senior day ceremonies, Harrison created a few highlights of his own, registering just the second hat trick by an A-Sun player this season. The Physical Therapy major scored the first three goals of the game for FGCU, pouring in one in the first half and two more over a three-minute span in the second half.
Harrison’s three goals were his first tallies of the season, giving FGCU 13 different players with a goal this season. With his three goals, Harrison’s six points on the day tied the FGCU single-game scoring record which he also set against UNF in 2008 with two goals and two assists.
The Eagles have improved in each of their four seasons, culminating with a 13-3-2 record this year. The win against UNF on Sunday sealed an unbeaten record in A-Sun action for the Blue and Green, marking just the ninth time in conference history a team has accomplished the feat. FGCU joins the 2008 Campbell squad as the only two teams in conference history to go a perfect 9-0 in league play.
Despite winning the A-Sun regular season, FGCU cannot compete in the conference postseason tournament due to the NCAA reclassifying period. FGCU will be eligible for postseason play in 2011.