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No. 14 FGCU Set for Season Opener Against FAU
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|FGCU||25:26||KOSHKO, Jonathan (PORTILLO, Josey )|
|Stats at a Glance||FAU||FGCU|
|Shots (on Goal)||6 (4)||19 (7)|
FORT MYERS, Fla. – A year removed from the program’s first Atlantic Sun Conference title, the No. 14 FGCU men’s soccer team will begin its pursuit of another A-Sun championship as the 2011 campaign gets underway. The A-Sun preseason favorite Eagles will open with a home contest against in-state rival FAU on Friday beginning at 7 p.m. at the FGCU Soccer Complex.
The Green and Blue gathered a number of preseason accolades, appearing in the national top 25 rankings by three media outlets. The Eagles rank as high as No. 14 by Goal.com, in addition to No. 22 by Soccer America and No. 24 according to College Soccer News. FGCU was also slotted No. 42 in TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Tournament 48 and in the receiving votes section of the NSCAA preseason poll.
As voted on by the A-Sun coaches, FGCU was predicted to finish atop the league standings at season’s end and were named the frontrunner to claim the 2011 A-Sun Tournament title in its first year of postseason eligibility.
The Eagles also landed four student-athletes on the A-Sun preseason All-Conference team, including a pair of unanimous selections and the preseason Defensive Player of the Year in senior goalkeeper Adam Glick (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley HS). Junior defenseman Deion Jones (Tampa, Fla./Freedom HS) joined Glick as a unanimous selection, while senior midfielder Josey Portillo (Metairie, La./Grace King HS) and sophomore forward Ryan Price (Melbourne Beach, Fla./Melbourne HS) rounded out the Eagles on the All-Conference team.
Aside from the league recognition, Portillo and Glick also received preseason praise from a few other media outlets. Portillo was named a third team preseason All-American by College Soccer News, as well as, a player to watch for the MAC Hermann Trophy given to the nation’s top collegiate player. Meanwhile, Glick was named an initial candidate for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, honoring a senior student-athlete with achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. Both Glick and Portillo were the lone representatives from the A-Sun to appear on their respective award lists.
Finishing the year with a 13-3-2 record (9-0-0 A-Sun), the Eagles ended the 2010 season ranked No. 20 nationally. The Green and Blue are set to return 20 players from last year's A-Sun regular season championship squad, including six All-Conference performers.
In the home-opening contest, FGCU will square off with FAU. The Owls finished with a 5-9-2 overall record (2-4-0 MAC) to place sixth in the MAC last season. The Eagles fell to the Owls in a midseason meeting in 2010. After FGCU took a 1-0 lead just six minutes into the game, FAU rallied with two straight goals to defeat the Eagles, 2-1, at the FGCU Soccer Complex. It marked the Eagles only loss over the final 14 games of the season. The Owls have claimed the previous two meetings to level the all-time series between the schools at 2-2, however, the Eagles are 3-1 all-time in season openers.
FGCU season tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for youth. Tickets can be purchased in-person at the FGCU Ticket Office or by calling 239-590-7145. FGCU students, faculty and staff get in free with Eagle ID.