FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU men's soccer team travels to Oneonta, N.Y. this weekend for the prestigious Mayor’s Cup. The Green and Blue plays twice during the tournament, opening with a 7:30 p.m. match on Friday, Sept. 5 versus Hartwick. The Eagles will also face Syracuse on Sunday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m.
The Eagles are 4-5-0 all-time on the road and 2-3-0 on neutral territory.
FGCU's Schedule at Mayor's Cup XXXIII
Florida Gulf Coast vs. Hartwick – 7:30 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast vs. Syracuse – 11 a.m.
Eagles vs. Hawks, Orange
This weekend, FGCU is facing Hartwick and Syracuse for the first time in program history.
A Look at Hartwick (Last time out vs. Loyola College)
Loyola College of Maryland earned a 2-0 victory over the Hartwick men’s soccer team on Sunday in the final round of the Black and Decker Classic at Alumnae Field in Baltimore, MD. Junior Jamie Darvill (London, England) netted both of the Greyhounds’ goals in the game to help propel the team to the win and a 2-0 record to start the season.
Loyola took the lead late in the first half as Darvill finished off a Wade McHugh (Baldwin, MD) cross into the lower left corner in the 41st minute to give the hosts a 1-0 lead heading into halftime. In the second half, the Greyhounds would get their insurance marker as Darvill one-touched a pass from Phil Bannister (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England) past Hartwick keeper Jeremy Vuolo (Downingtown, PA) for a 2-0 Loyola edge.
Hartwick and Loyola finished the match even in shots with eight apiece. Vuolo would end the game with two saves. Loyola’s Milos Kocic (Leskovac, Serbia) made three stops.
At the conclusion of the day’s action, Hartwick junior midfielder Sam Wright (Cornwall, England) and freshman midfielder Nick Roydhouse (Palmerstown North, New Zealand) were both selected to the Black and Decker All-Tournament team.
A Look at Syracuse (Last time out vs. Colgate)
The Orange men’s soccer team (1-0-1) extended its non-conference unbeaten streak to 15 games with a 1-1 double-overtime draw against Colgate (1-0-1) on Monday, Sept. 1 at the SU Soccer Stadium. Syracuse improved its record to 10-0-5 in non-league matches since Oct. 18, 2005.
Junior forward Tom Perevegyencev (Budapest, Hungary) tallied SU’s only goal at the 33:37 mark of the first half. It was his third goal in two games and he has three of the Orange’s four goals this season.
Perevegyencev’s tally was set up by junior Hansen Woodruff (Stuart, Fla.) and junior Brien Chamney (Oakville, Ontario). Chamney played the ball to Woodruff who hit Perevegyencev with a long pass down the sideline and Perevegyencev beat Colgate keeper David Cappuccio one-on-one with a shot to the lower-left corner.
The Raiders responded in the second half, knotting the match at one apiece in the 71st minute on a well-placed shot by Chris Ross. Ross launched a right-footed blast from the top of the 18 to the upper-right 90 to tie the match.
SU’s continued offensive pressure generated the best chances to win the game in regulation and overtime. First, with Cappuccio out of position and less than 15 seconds to go in the second half, a header by senior Karol Wasielewski (Gdynia, Poland) ticketed for the net was cleared out of the goal mouth by a Raiders defender. Then, in the second overtime a Woodruff re-direct in the 109th minute just sailed over the crossbar, and the game ended in a deadlock.
Orange goalkeeper Robert Cavicchia (North York, Ontario) stopped seven shots Monday, while Cappuccio finished with six saves for Colgate. Cavicchia moved into fifth on SU’s career saves list. He passed former Orange All-American and current Christian Brothers Academy head coach Joe Papaleo (229) on the school’s all-time ledger and now has 233 career stops.