No. 25 Men's Soccer Looks to 'Blue-Out' No. 13 USF on Tuesday Night
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Landing back at home for just the third time this season, the No. 25 FGCU men’s soccer team will look to extend its three-game winning streak as it returns to the FGCU Soccer Complex to face No. 13 USF on Tuesday at 7 p.m. It will mark the first time a pair of nationally-ranked opponents have squared off against one another at FGCU, as the Green and Blue attempt to “Blue-Out” the Bulls.
The Eagles will enter the contest with a 4-2-2 record coming off a 3-1 Atlantic Sun Conference opening victory at Stetson last Friday. After trailing 1-0 at the intermission, the Green and Blue netted three unanswered goals en route to victory over the rival Hatters.
Having faced a pair of foes ranked in the top 10 nationally already this season, the Eagles enter the contest with an all-time mark of 2-1 against the top 10. FGCU has fared well against all ranked opponents, going 3-2 against teams listed in the national top 25. Tuesday will be just the third time that FGCU has hosted a ranked opponent, as the Eagles fell 1-0 to then-No. 11 USF in 2009 and shutout then-No. 5 Ohio State, 1-0, last season.
FGCU has outscored the opposition 14-9 to this point in the season, while outshooting them 117-101. The Eagles are led offensively by senior midfielder Josey Portillo (Metairie, La./Grace King HS) who holds a team-best six points on a goal and team-high four assists. Sitting in a share of second on the team with five points apiece are senior Francesco DiStefano (Kissimmee, Fla./Osceola HS) (2 goals, 1 assist) and juniors Andres Navas (Miami, Fla./Sunset Senior HS/FIU) (2 goals, 1 assist) and William Morse (Sugar Land, Texas/Clements HS) (1 goal, 3 assists). DiStefano and Navas join senior midfielder Cristian Raudales (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee HS) for the team lead with a pair of goals.
Earning his 30th career victory with the win over the Hatters, redshirt senior Adam Glick (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley HS) has played all 760 minutes in net this season. Currently second in the A-Sun in goals against average (1.07) and saves percentage (.795), Glick has recorded 35 saves through the opening eight contests while posting a pair of shutouts. With 18 career shutouts, the netminder sits in a tie for third all-time in A-Sun history, just five away from Jeff Cassar of FIU (1992-95).
Having defeated then-No. 14 Wake Forest (2-0) in Winston in Salem, N.C. in the season opener before recording back-to-back victories over then-No. 10 UC Irvine (2-0) and at then-No. 11 West Virginia (2-1), USF enters the contest with a 5-2-2 record (1-0-1 BIG EAST). Junior Dom Dwyer leads the Bulls with 14 points on a team-high seven goals. Six other players have netted at least one goal this season for USF. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Chris Bais has played every contest in goal after transferring to USF from Michigan this season. Recording 32 saves while allowing 10 goals against, Bais has posted a trio of shutouts while holding a save percentage of .762.
With the all-time series tied at 1-1, it will be just the third meeting between the two programs. In last year’s contest, the Eagles came away with a 2-1 season-opening victory over then-No. 13 USF in front of 1,424 fans at the USF Soccer Stadium. The win snapped the Bulls 30-game home unbeaten streak (26-0-4) and was FGCU’s first-ever victory over a nationally-ranked opponent. The Green and Blue hold an all-time record of 1-3 against the BIG EAST Conference.
On Tuesday night, FGCU will attempt to break the men’s soccer attendance record previously set against Ohio State on Sept. 18, 2010, as 1,322 fans watch the Eagles shutout the Buckeyes, 1-0. It will also be a “Blue-Out”, with anybody wearing a cobalt blue shirt receiving half-price admission ($3 adults, $1.50 children). Also, anybody who brings in a cleaning supply will be entered to win a halftime raffle from the Humane Society of Naples. One raffle ticket will be given out for every cleaning supply donated. The prize is a complimentary pet exam from the Humane Society of Naples.
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