West Coast Trip Slated Next for No. 22 Men's Soccer
Thursday, September 01, 2011
#22 Florida Gulf Coast (0-1-1)
Portland (1-0-1)
9/2/2011 | Portland, Ore. | Attendance: 1784
1st2nd1OT 2OT Final
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POR58:25GRUBISICH, Keith (BARBAREE, Connor )
FGCU84:48SARRIS, Yianni (PRICE, Ryan )
FGCUGLICK, Adam110:0011
PORBAARTS, Justin110:0016
Stats at a GlanceFGCUPOR
Shots (on Goal)17 (7)13 (2)
Corner Kicks68
Yellow Cards30

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The No. 22 FGCU men’s soccer team will look to bounce back during a west coast trip to the Nike Portland Invitational this weekend. In the first meeting between the programs, the Eagles will take on host Portland on Friday at 10 p.m. ET before squaring off with Washington on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET at Merlo Field (4,982) in Portland, Ore.

This season marks the 21st consecutive year in which the Pilots have hosted the Portland Invitational. Known as the Nike Invitational since 2002, the Pilots have won 10 tournament titles since the invitational’s inception in 1990 and claimed the 2010 title. The Washington Huskies have won eight Portland Invitational tournament crowns.

The Green and Blue (0-1-0) enter the weekend with the No. 22 ranking according to Goal.com. FGCU opened the season with a 3-1 home loss to FAU last week. The teams were tied a 1-1 heading to the intermission, but a pair of second half goals went unanswered as the Owls went on to victory. Redshirt senior midfielder Jonathan Koshko (New Port Richey, Fla./Mitchell HS) netted the lone goal for the Green and Blue on an assist from preseason All-American and All-Conference senior midfielder Josey Portillo (Metairie, La./Grace King HS). The Eagles outshot the Owls 19-6 and held a corner kick advantage of 6-3 in the contest.

Portland (1-0-0) opened the season with a 2-1 win at Oregon State last Saturday. The win was the Pilots first to open a season since 2004. Connor Barbaree scored the opening goal for UP and Michael Nielsen added what proved to be the game-winner in the 58th minute. The Pilots went 9-4-6 last season and finished third in the West Coast Conference with a 6-3-3 league mark. The Pilots were picked to finish fourth in the WCC this season. Head coach Bill Irwin is in his ninth year at the helm of the soccer program and in his 25th year overall on the UP staff. Portland has reached two College Cups (1988, 1995), while making 14 overall postseason appearances, most recently in 2009. It will mark the first meeting with a West Coast Conference opponent for the Eagles.

In the season-opener, Washington (1-0-0) shutout Gonzaga, 3-0, scoring three second half goals. Senior transfer Jacob Hustedt drew two fouls in the box and senior Brent Richards knocked in both PK's. Hustedt also assisted sophomore Michael Harris for the first goal of his career. Sophomore Spencer Richey played all 90 minutes in goal recording three saves. The win marked the first victory at UW for first-year head coach Jamie Clark. The Huskies were picked to finish third out of six teams, repeating their finish from a season ago. It will also be the first contest with a PAC-12 Conference foe for the Green and Blue.

Loyola Chicago (0-1-0) will also be in attendance, however will not compete against the Eagles.

Free video and audio for the Friday contest with Portland will be provided, while live stats will be available for both matches at the Nike Invitational. Results, recaps, in-game Twitter (@FGCUMensSoccer and @FGCUEagles) and multimedia can be accessed at www.FGCUAthletics.com.