Men's Soccer Set to Host a Pair of Conference Foes this Weekend
Thursday, October 30, 2008

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU men's soccer team looks to continue its winning ways as they play host to ESTU and USC Upstate this weekend. The ETSU game will start at 7 pm start and the Upstate game is now a 12:30 pm start.

Friday: "Halloween Trick or Treat Night" Free admission to anyone dressed in costume and prizes for best costume! Plus, free admission to FGCU Men's Soccer game (7:00 pm) with purchase of FGCU Volleyball game ticket (7:30)...and vice-versa! Students in attendance will get free cover into the FGCU student Halloween party later that night at La Bama, while kids will receive a free trick-or-treat give away as well.

Series Information:
ETSU - 1st Meeting: Series tied 0-0
USC Upstate - 2nd Meeting: FGCU leads 1-0

Last Time Out for ETSU: 10/25/08 vs. Campbell
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The ETSU men’s soccer team dropped a close soccer match to first place Campbell Saturday afternoon at Summers-Taylor Stadium, 1-0.

The Bucs (5-8-1, 1-5-1 A-Sun) had a couple chances in the first half, but were outshot by the Camels 5-3 in the half. The game remained scoreless at the half as neither team was able to get on the board.

In the second half, ETSU took control of play, but could not put away its scoring chances. In the 65th minute Richard Jata put Campbell up 1-0 as he fired a shot off of a free kick past the ETSU keeper into the back of the goal.

ETSU had a couple chances late in the match, but Campbell’s defense played tough keeping the Bucs from getting an equalizing goal.

The Camels outshot ETSU 11-10 in the match. Sean Hoek (Newburgh, Ind.) and Tony Nunes (Concord, N.C.) both took three shots, while freshman James Holt (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) had six saves in goal for the Bucs.


Last Meeting Between Upstate and FGCU: 10/26/07 FGCU 4, Upstate 0
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Florida Gulf Coast University men's soccer team used a two goal performance from Colin Gill and a three goal second half to defeat USC-Upstate Friday night by the score of 4-0.

FGCU improves to 7-8-1 overall and 3-4-1 in the A-Sun. Upstate dropped its third consecutive game and falls to 3-12-0 overall and 3-5-0 in the conference.

FGCU scored first to take an early 1-0 lead and never looked back. In the 24th minute after Upstate was whistled for a foul and after three Eagles faked an attempt to put the direct kick in play, Colin Gill (Plant City, Fla.) bent a shot around the Spartan wall of defenders and into the back of the net.

The teams went into halftime with FGCU leading 1-0 despite being outshot 9-3 in the first half. FGCU goalkeeper, Adam Glick (Leola, Pa.), made seven first half saves.

In the second half the team’s battled for over 20 minutes without a score until another Upstate foul created an offensive scoring opportunity for the Eagles. After a yellow card was issued to Upstate, Corey Sheriff (Coral Springs, Fla.) took the free kick and blasted his shot from 28 yards out by the diving Upstate keeper, Jason McCabe, to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead in the 67th minute. The goal was the first of Sheriff‘s collegiate career.

The Eagles would put the game out of reach in the 72nd minute when Alex Cooper (DeLand, Fla.) took control of the ball on the right side of the box and played a shot that was deflected off of a Spartan defender. The ball found the feet of Gill who put the shot into the net for the 3-0 lead. The Eagles added to their lead with two seconds remaining when Ryan Fifi (Port of Spain, Trinidad) lifted a shot over the outstretched arms of the Upstate keeper for the 4-0 final margin. Fifi’s goal was the first of his collegiate career.

FGCU starting keeper Adam Glick recorded seven saves while registering his fourth career shutout. Upstate outshot FGCU 15-10. Upstate had eight corner kicks while FGCU failed to earn one. The game as played very physical throughout as both teams combined for 36 fouls and foul yellow cards.