Fort Myers, Fla. – The 2016 ASUN Conference Men's Soccer Championship concludes on Saturday, Nov. 12th when No. 2 FGCU hosts No. 5 Jacksonville in the final. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. and fans can tune in live on ESPN3 for the action. Neil Solondz will be on the call with Brice Zimmerman and Anthony Stovall providing color commentary from the booth and sidelines.
FGCU advanced to the final with a dramatic 3-2 overtime win against Lipscomb, while the Dolphins stunned cross-town rival and top seed North Florida 1-0 in their semifinal match. Saturday's match is the first meeting between the two sides in ASUN Championship history.
2016 ASUN Men's Soccer Championship Final
#2 FGCU vs. #5 Jacksonville | Saturday, Nov. 12th 7 p.m. ET | ESPN3
#2 vs. #5 Seed All-Time: 3-0-0
Last Match: FGCU 2, Jacksonville 1 (Oct. 25th, 2016; at Jacksonville, Fla.)
#2 FGCU (13-3-2; 4-1-1)
All-Time Record in ASUN Championship: 7-2-0
No. 2 Seeds in ASUN Championship: 21-6-4
Last Time in ASUN Championship: 2015; Semifinal
ASUN Championship Titles: 2014, 2012, 2011
- FGCU is looking for its fourth ASUN Championship title in the past six years. FGCU is 3-0 in ASUN Championship final appearances. All three Championship Final victories came by the score of 1-0.
- The Eagles have scored 55 goals this season, most in the ASUN and most in all of Division I Men's Soccer. FGCU has scored multiple goals in 15 of 18 matches this season, including 31 goals at home (3.44 goals per game).
- FGCU holds a 7-3 overall record against Saturday's Championship Final opponent Jacksonville. The Eagles have won the last seven matchups with the Dolphins, including a 2-1 victory on the road in the regular season this year. Saturday's meeting will be the first in the postseason between the two sides.
- 2016 ASUN Player of the Year, Albert Ruiz continued to extend his single-season program record for goals scored with two in the semifinals for the Eagles. He now has 19 on the season, the most in the nation. With one more goal, Ruiz could become just the 15th player in ASUN history to reach 20 goals in a single campaign.
- FGCU has recorded 46 assists on 55 goals this season. Arion Sobers-Assue leads the Eagles with eight assists. Justin Gavin collected his fifth assist of the year on the game-winning double overtime goal in the semifinals. He is tied for second on the team with Albert Ruiz and Dennis Zapata.
- The No. 2-seeded team in the ASUN Championship has won three-straight conference titles. Overall the No. 2 seed has won 11 ASUN titles in league history.
- FGCU has been an offensive juggernaut all season long. They lead the nation in total points (156), goals per game (3.06) and points per game (8.67).
#5 Jacksonville (8-9-0; 2-4-0)
All-Time Record in ASUN Championship: 7-11-2
No. 5 Seeds in ASUN Championship: 12-16-0
Last Time in ASUN Championship: 2015; First Round
ASUN Championship Titles: 2008
- Jacksonville is making its first ASUN Championship final appearance since 2008. That year the Dolphins took home the title in a thrilling 4-3 win over Campbell.
- Patrick Harding has been the star for the Dolphins through the first two matches of the ASUN Championship. He collected eight saves in the quarterfinals, then added seven in the semifinals, including a PK save to keep North Florida off the score sheet. His 15 saves are already tied for third-most in ASUN Championship history.
- The Dolphins own seven wins in ASUN Championship history, tied with FGCU for second-most among current league members. They have won two matches in this year's postseason, the most since winning twice in the 1998 ASUN Championship.
- Jacksonville's only win in Fort Myers, Fla. came in the 2008 season, when the Dolphins secured a 2-0 win against the Eagles. The overall record stands at 3-7, with Jacksonville looking to break a seven-match losing streak against FGCU.
- The Dolphins have collected three road wins this season, the most in a single season since the 2011 campaign. Since then, the Dolphins had only won three road matches combined. This season's road wins include a win against regional power South Florida and cross-town rival and ASUN regular season champions, North Florida.
- Igor Ferreira scored the game-winning goal against North Florida in the ASUN Championship semifinals. He now has scored three goals this season, two of them being game-winning goals for the Dolphins.
- For the second time this season, the Dolphins are riding a three-match winning streak. Jacksonville's last four-match winning streak came in the 2011 season, when the Dolphins had a seven-match unbeaten streak snapped by FGCU on the road in overtime.