Men’s Soccer upset Big Ten’s Northwestern 1-0 in home opener


FORT MYERS, FL. – The FGCU men’s soccer team (1-0-1) put in a defensive effort, beating Northwestern (0-1-1) to the head with a barrage of shots (0-1- 1). This was the Eagles’ sixth win over a Power Five school in program history, coming from wins over Penn State (2008), Ohio State (2010), South Carolina (2012), Rutgers (2016) and Michigan (2019).

“I loved our first half – I thought it was full of passing, movement and rhythm. I thought they were really struggling to keep the structure and we could break it at times,” said the head coach Jess Cormier. “Davi’s goal was fantastic but I think there were a lot of opportunities in the game, especially in the first half. You can’t give life to a team and we did that a little bit in the second half. They’re a strong mental team and they are a Big Ten team. They drew Notre Dame last week so they won’t be out of the game. We need to do a much better job of knocking out a team but it’s definitely a step up in terms of how we played compared to what we did at USF.”

The Eagles commanded possession for most of the night, resulting in a 23-to-11 shot advantage. The 23 shots for FGCU is the fifth-highest for a single game in program history.

The only goal of the night was a beauty for Eagles fans who waited over an hour and 20 minutes for kick-off due to a rain delay. David Alve (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) put the ball in the far post in the 23:17 minute from a corner kick from the far sideline.
For the rest of the half, the Wildcats had just one shot on goal, which was saved by Wyatt Kistner (Midlothian, Va.) to hold the lead at the break.

FGCU came out of the break and fired off six shots, but none could hit the back of the net. NU responded with four shots for the remaining minutes of the game, with the last being within the last four minutes on the clock. Kistner earned his second shutout of the season with the win

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Jesse Cormier is in his sixth year as head coach of the FGCU men’s soccer program in the fall of 2022, having been hired in January 2017 to become only the second head coach in the program’s history. Cormier has led FGCU to an overall record of 34-31-13 (.521), including a 19-9-4 mark (.656) in the ASUN game. The Eagles have reached the ASUN Tournament semifinals in nine of ten seasons (every year of eligibility but one) as Cormier has coached 31 All-Conference selections since arriving (program record 10 in 2017). Cormier was the head coach at his alma mater, the University of Vermont, for the previous 13 seasons. He won 14 games with the Catamounts in 2016 and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament. While at Vermont, Cormier led the program in 12 of 13 seasons to the America East Tournament, where he played five title games, won two tournament crowns, won a regular-season championship, and advanced to three NCAA tournaments, including two second-round appearances. Cormier holds an overall record of 148-120-59 (.543) as head coach in his 16+ seasons at the helm.

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FGCU teams have collectively won an incredible 85 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 13+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just nine seasons of DI postseason eligibility, the Eagles have contested a total of 42 teams or individuals in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have earned a national top-25 ranking in their respective sports — including women’s basketball (No. 21, 2020-21), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2021), and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer ( 2018) as three of the youngest. In 2016-17, the Greens and Blues finished in the division’s best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and made the top-100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had the top seven teams from ASUN and Florida to earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progress in their sport. FGCU also achieved a combined record 3.50 GPA in the classroom for the Fall 2020 semester and has surpassed the university’s general student population for 24 consecutive semesters. Another milestone was reached in each of the Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, and Spring 2021 semesters, as all 15 programs each achieved a Team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also contributed an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 and were recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.



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