FORT MYERS, Fla. – The No. 25 FGCU men’s soccer team made quick work of regionally-ranked East Tennessee State on Sunday evening, scoring three first half goals over a 13-minute span en route to a convincing 5-0 Atlantic Sun win at the FGCU Soccer Complex.
Five different players tallied goals, as the Eagles picked up their sixth straight win to improve to 8-2-2 overall and a perfect 4-0 in A-Sun action. The Blue and Green’s eight wins equals their season total from all of 2009 and stretches their home unbeaten streak to nine games (8-0-1).
ETSU, who entered the week at No. 9 in the NSCAA South Region, falls to 7-4 on the year and 2-2 in the conference.
The five goals are a season-high for FGCU and the second-most in program history falling short of the goal output during a 7-1 win over UNF on Oct. 17, 2008. FGCU has out-scored its last three opponents, 9-0, and all four A-Sun foes it has faced, 11-1.
“We were fortunate to finish our chances and it was good to get contribution from some of the new guys tonight,” said head coach Bob Butehorn. “We looked a little nervous to start off, but once we felt like we could get in behind them it was a nice breaking point in the game. I’m excited about how we handled our past few games, but hitting the road with national ranking on our back at Campbell and Mercer, we will certainly have our work cut out for us.”
Lost in the offensive-outburst was the play of redshirt junior keeper Adam Glick (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley HS) who picked up six saves en route to leading the Eagles to a program-record third straight shutout. Glick, who has logged every minute in net for FGCU, now has five shutouts this season.
Freshman Ryan Price (Melbourne Beach, Fla./Melbourne HS) got the first half scoring-fest started with his fourth tally of the season at the 29:54 mark. Freshman Juan Castellon (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Royal Palm Beach HS) fired a shot on net that was initially saved, but then put home by Price on a header for a 1-0 lead.
It didn’t take the Eagles long to produce an insurance goal when Castellon struck again, this time, finding the back of the net with a shot of his own at the 31:34 mark. Castellon carried the ball over the midfield line and all the way into the ETSU zone before firing a shot from 25 yards out that hit the upper left corner for his first career goal and a 2-0 Eagle lead.
FGCU broke the game wide-open in the 43rd minute on a goal by sophomore Alexei Reyes (Dallas, Texas/Jesuit College Preparatory School) that gave the home team a commanding 3-0 lead. After entering the game at the 36:14 mark, Reyes took a pass from sophomore Jeremy Vollmer (Carmel, Ind./Westfield HS) just outside the upper right of the goal box and drilled a shot to the upper near post to join Castellon with his first goal of the season.
The 3-0 FGCU lead stood into halftime, as the Eagles produced an 8-4 shot advantage in the opening 45 minutes and accounted for all six of the game’s corner kicks.
ETSU supplied pressure early in the second half, but any thought of a comeback was halted by Glick’s four saves in the final frame. The Leola, Pa. native’s best save of the night came in the 76th minute when he came out of the net and made a sprawling save on ETSU’s Nate Hodges from inside the goal box.
Glick’s defensive heroics carried over to the offensive end where senior Caleib Lynch (Merritt Island, Fla./Merritt Island HS/Florida Institute of Technology) notched his third career goal at the 80:41 mark. Lynch took a cross from sophomore William Morse that found its way to the back post for the 4-0 edge.
Just under four minutes later, sophomore Deion Jones (Tampa, Fla./Freedom HS) made it a 5-0 game with his fourth goal of the season that deflected of an ETSU defensive player. It marked the second straight game with a goal for Jones, who picked up a goal and an assist in the team’s 2-0 win over USC Upstate on Friday.
FGCU will be back in action when closes out the road portion of its 2010 schedule. The Eagles will begin by heading to Buies Creek, N.C. to face Campbell (4-3-4, 2-1) on Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. FGCU will then head south to Georgia to square off against Mercer (6-3-1, 1-2) on Saturday, Oct. 16 in another 7 p.m. kick-off.
FGCU is tied with Stetson for first place in the Atlantic Sun with 12 points (4-0) … FGCU has out-scored its opponents 19-8 for the season … the team’s five shutouts this year are one shy of the single-season record of six set last season … the Eagles entered the weekend at No. 25 in the Soccer America Poll and also received votes in the NSCAA Poll in which they were also ranked No. 7 in the south region … Jones and Price are now tied for the team lead with four goals apiece … Jones leads the team with 11 points … the shutout was the 13th of Glick’s career … the win was the 22nd of Glick’s career.