Sophomore picks up weekly honor after netting game-winner vs. Stetson
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Sophomore Deion Jones (Tampa, Fla./Freedom HS) accounted for both goals over two games last week for the No. 21 FGCU men’s soccer team and in the process earned his first-ever Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Week accolade, announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.
Jones is the third FGCU player to earn weekly praise from the A-Sun this season, but the first to earn Player of the Week status. Senior Matthew O’Shaughnessy (Trinity, Fla./Mitchell HS) and redshirt junior Adam Glick (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley HS) have both been named A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week this year.
A native of Tampa, Fla., Jones tallied the game-winning goal in FGCU’s 1-0 double-overtime win over Stetson this past Saturday. Not only did the goal clinch the win, it gave the Eagles at least a share of their first-ever A-Sun regular season crown heading into the final weekend of conference play. Jones also scored the team’s lone goal in a 2-1 non-conference loss to FAU earlier in the week.
Jones has had a break sophomore campaign, leading the Eagles in scoring with team-bests of 15 points and six goals, figures that rank tied for ninth and tied for third in the A-Sun, respectively. The team’s free kick specialist, Jones is also tied for the team lead with three assists from his right defensive position. The game-winning goal was Jones’ third of the season.
Though the weekly honor is Jones’ first from the conference, he has twice been named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s National Team of the Week this season.
Jones and the Eagles (11-3-2, 7-0) will look to clinch the outright A-Sun regular season title when they close the season against Jacksonville (8-7-1, 3-4) on Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. and UNF (3-9, 2-5) on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the FGCU Soccer Complex. FGCU needs just one more point to clinch the outright A-Sun title, while Sunday’s contest will also be senior day for O’Shaughnessy, Caleib Lynch (Merritt Island, Fla./Merritt Island HS) and Matthew Smith (Cape Canaveral, Fla./Merritt Island HS/Coastal Carolina).