(6-5-2, 3-1-1 A-Sun)
(2-11-1, 1-4-0 A-Sun)
10/18/2012 | Jacksonville, FL | Attendance: 104
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||JU|
|Shots (on Goal)||21 (12)||11 (7)|
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Coming off back-to-back Atlantic Sun shutout victories that pushed its conference home win streak to 15 games, the FGCU men’s soccer team will look to carry over its strong play to Thursday night’s in-state A-Sun showdown with Jacksonville at the Ashley Sports Complex.
Currently tied for third in the A-Sun standings with four games remaining, FGCU is 5-5-2 overall and 2-1-1 in league action. Jacksonville is 2-10-1 and 1-3 in the A-Sun. Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m.
The back-to-back shutouts are the Green and Blue’s first since the 2010 campaign in which it went a perfect 9-0 and out-scored its fellow conference foes, 26-2. A win on Thursday would give FGCU a three-game win streak in A-Sun play for the fourth consecutive year.
A pair of freshmen accounted for last weekend’s game-winners, as Rodrigo Saravia (Guatemala City, Guatemala/College Internacional Montessori) continued his steady play in the midfield with his first career goal in Friday’s 1-0 win over USC Upstate. Felipe DeSousa (Vila Velha, Brazil/Wharton HS-FL) returned from his two-game red card suspension on Sunday and registered his team-high third goal of the season and second game-winner en route to leading the team to a 2-0 victory against North Florida.
DeSousa is tied with senior Will Morse (Sugar Land, Texas/Clements HS) for the team lead in goals (3) and points (7), while balance has been the theme for the FGCU attack with nine different players accounting for a goal and a total of 15 with at least one point.
Sophomore keeper Nathan Ingham (Ontario, Canada/Keswick HS) and the rest of the youthful FGCU defense have posted a total of four shutouts on the year, equaling last year’s total through a 20-game season. Ingham made a pair of big saves down the stretch in last Friday’s one-goal win over USC Upstate, but faced just three shots on Sunday against UNF.
The Green and Blue dropped the first three meetings upon entering the league in 2007, but have taken the last two meetings by a 6-1 margin, including a 2-1 overtime triumph last year in overtime.
Like FGCU, Jacksonville earned a 2-2 non-conference tie against UCF earlier in the year. The Dolphins have improved offensively over the last six games with 10 goals compared to scoring just three times in its first seven matches of the season. Junior Nick Rodriguez and sophomore Matheus Saroli have been the primary culprits in the offensive turnaround, accounting for nine of the team’s 13 goals on the year.
Live stats are available at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com. Fans can also get updates on twitter by following the team’s official account @FGCU_MSoccer. Along with updates on the team’s official twitter page, fans can also get updates from around the Atlantic Sun and the nation by using the hashtag #ASUNMSOC or #D1MSOC.