FGCU Continues Challenging Non-Conference Slate at USF Tournament
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 | by Patrick Pierson (@pierson_sid)
Saravia assisted on both goals in Sunday's win over Bucknell.
Saravia assisted on both goals in Sunday's win over Bucknell.
Iona (1-3-0)
FGCU (2-2-0)
9/6/2012 | Tampa, Fla | Attendance: 0
FGCU50:11DeSOUSA, Felipe (NAVAS, Andres )
FGCU50:40MORSE, William (HENRY, Donovan )
IONBarbero, Borja90:0000
IONKrohmer, Robbie0:0026
FGCUINGHAM, Nathan90:0000
Stats at a GlanceIONFGCU
Shots (on Goal)2 (0)12 (8)
Corner Kicks54
Yellow Cards55

FORT MYERS, Fla. – After picking up its first win of the season last Sunday, the FGCU men’s soccer team will take the road for the second time this season as it heads to Tampa, Fla. to take part in the USF Tournament at Corbett Soccer Stadium. The Eagles open the event against Iona College on Thursday and follow with South Carolina on Saturday, both scheduled for 5 p.m. kickoffs.

Sitting No. 41 in the most recent TopDrawerSoccer.com Tournament 48 rankings, the Green and Blue hold a 1-2 record after taking down visiting Bucknell, 2-1, in double-overtime at the FGCU Soccer Complex. The Green and Blue surrendered the equalizer at the 83:13 mark, but responded with the golden goal in the 106th minute off the boot of senior forward William Morse (Sugar Land, Texas/Clements HS).

With both Iona and South Carolina also in TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Tournament 48 rankings, the Eagles will have played five straight opponents in the media outlet’s rankings to open the year. The Gamecocks, who are part of Conference USA, are No. 32, while Iona is the favorite to win the MAAC, coming in at No. 44.

Sophomore Nathan Ingham (Keswick, Ontario/Keswick HS) has clocked all 285 minutes in net through the first three games and has totaled 13 saves and 1.89 goals against average. After opening the season at No. 2 Akron and No. 16 Georgetown, Ingham’s record sits at 1-2 with a .684 save percentage.

Iona enters the weekend with a 1-2 record, coming off a 3-0 loss to Army in West Point, N.Y. Entering the season, the Gaels landed four players on the MAC Hermann Watch List in senior Ansger Otto, juniors Franklin Castellanos and Samuel Adjei and sophomore Borja Barbero. The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award in college soccer. Sophomore Ignacio Maganto netted the Gaels’ lone game-winning goal in the season-opening victory and holds the only two points on the team. Sophomore goalkeeper Borja Barbero has played all 270 minutes in net, recording four saves and allowing four goals for a .500 save percentage. The Thursday contest will mark the first meeting between the two programs.

Hitting the road for the first time this season, South Carolina travels to Tampa with a 1-1-1 record. Competing in last weekend’s Gamecock Classic, South Carolina suffered a 2-0 loss to No. 15 St. John’s, before a 0-0 draw with No. 25 Northwestern. The reigning Conference USA Co-Regular Season champions enter the weekend tournament ranked No. 32 in the tournament 48 rankings, while also receiving votes in the NSCAA Top 25 poll and College Soccer News poll. Redshirt sophomore Stephen Anderson holds the Gamecocks lone goal, a game-winner, while freshman Wesley Eads and junior Trevor Hubbard assisted on the play. South Carolina while take on tournament host No. 2 USF on Thursday before taking the field for the first ever meeting with FGCU on Saturday.

Links to live stats can be found at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com, while in-game action can also be followed on twitter @FGCUMensSoccer. Fans can also get men’s soccer updates from around the Atlantic Sun and the nation by using the hashtag #ASUNMSOC or #D1MSOC.