Five Different Eagles Score as #18 FGCU Rolls Past Georgia Southern

Five Different Eagles Score as #18 FGCU Rolls Past Georgia Southern

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The No. 18 FGCU Men's Soccer Team (3-0-1) scored three second-half goals to roll past Georgia Southern (2-1-0), who is receiving votes in the United Soccer Coaches Poll, 5-1, Sunday afternoon at the FGCU Soccer Complex.

"I'm really proud of the all-around performance from our guys today," said head coach Jesse Cormier. "We got caught early on but I'm glad how we were able to respond and take the 2-1 lead before the half. Coming out of the break we knew we had to keep the energy going and we did that. Up and down the roster everyone contributed today and that's what you like to see, so I was very pleased."

It was a shaky start for the Green and Blue as Georgia Southern was the first to strike with a goal in the sixth minute. Unfazed, FGCU responded eight minutes later using the right side of the pitch. Shak Adams (Antioch, Tenn./Cane Ridge HS) found Kareem Riley (Couva, Trinidad & Tobago/Presentation College San Fernando) who dished it to O'Vonte Mullings (Toronto, Ontario/Northview Heights Secondary HS) inside the 18-yard box for the one-timer shot. It was Mullings first of the season. Thomas Deplace (Toulouse, France/Scientific Bac) nearly put FGCU up in the 32nd with a header off a corner kick but a one-handed save denied the senior.

The game looked to be tied minutes before the intermission but newcomer Aiden Jokomba (Anchovy St. James, Jamaica/Cornwall College) changed that. Appearing in his first collegiate match, Jokomba found a ball from freshman Stephen Linton (Miramar, Fla./La Salle HS) inside the six-yard box and put it away (42nd minute) to the far post, no more than one minute after being subbed in. FGCU headed to the locker room up 2-1, registering 11 shots with eight coming on frame.

In the second stanza, the Eagles recorded their first shot on target in the 67th minute via Adams as Deplace capitalized in the 70th. Once again off a corner, the captain headed one to the right-upper 90 for the 3-1 lead. Miguel Perez (Caracas, Venezuela/Cypress Bay HS) was credited with the assist. The two final goals for the Green and Blue would arrive in the final 12 minutes.

Just inside the left edge of the 18-yard box, Joao Burti (Sao Paulo, Brazil/Iowa Western) crossed a pass to his right and found Jahan Rajaee (Gainesville, Fla./F.W. Buchholz HS) for the tap-pin in the 78th minute. Six minutes later, Michael Luke (Parkland, Fla./UNC Asheville) netted the final goal for FGCU. The junior midfielder sprinted along the left-side of the pitch all the way to the penalty area where he struck a right-footed shot right past the keeper's left hand.

Along with Jokomba, Deplace, Rajaee and Luke all netted their first career collegiate goal. On offense, 12 different Eagles recorded a shot as the team finished with 21, 15 coming on frame. Vasconcelos capped off the match securing five saves as he moves to 3-0-1 between the posts.

Up Next  
FGCU hits the road to California where it will play 2018 NCAA participant UC Riverside (3-0-0) Friday night, Sept. 13 at 10 p.m. Two days later, the Eagles square off against Cal State Fullerton (3-0-0).

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