Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Fast starts for first-year Florida Gulf Coast programs
by Paul Kennedy, September 6th, 2007 8AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

How about this for your first-year Division I program's inaugural weekend: You open with a 10-0 and then turn around two days later and win, 3-2, in overtime to capture your first tournament.

That's what happened to the Florida Gulf Coast women who beat Alabama State, 10-0, to kick off their inaugural season before 1,026 fans at the Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic last Friday night in Ft. Myers, Fla.

Two days later, FGCU beat FIU, 3-2, on an overtime goal by freshman Lindsay Haw, the tournament MVP, to capture the tournament title.

The FGCU men's team -- the first from-scratch Division I men's program to be launched since 2000 -- didn't do too badly itself. It won the opening game of its inaugural season by defeating Coastal Carolina, 3-2,  at the CCU/Adidas Invitational.

Junior transfer Courtney Eppleman (Jacksonville) let FGCU with five goals against Alabama State.

FGCU started three upperclasswomen, all transfers, and one sophomore, Amber McCall, who originally signed to play for powerhouse Florida State. The seven freshman starters included three players from Calgary, Alberta.

"We played with discipline and passion; we put pressure on them early that led eight goals in the first period," Eagles women's coach Jim Blankenship said. "With every match brings a new challenge, but this was a good way to open the season."

What made remarkable the men's victory over Coastal so remarkable was that the Eagles came back from conceding a goal four minutes into their first game. FGCU got goals from Jonathan Koshko, Collin Gill and Anthony Forde.

"This was a big night for the program," said men's coach Bob Butehorn. "We have high expectations for FGCU soccer and we have a long way to go, but tonight was exciting for everyone involved."

All 11 starters were freshmen and hail from Florida.

The Eagles lost for the first time during their inaugural season, falling to Furman, 3-0, Sunday in the second day of action at the CCU/Adidas Invitational.

The men open at home on Friday against UNLV.

The men's and women's teams play in the Atlantic Sun. Also playing in the A-Sun is USC Upstate, which climbs from Division II.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent College Soccer Reporter
Jordan Morris is among a host of college stars    
Yes, MLS has stripped the college ranks of a lot of talent, but that doesn't mean ...
Men: Former national champs meet in Bloomington    
Maryland and Notre Dame, both former national champions, square off Friday on the first day of ...
Soccer America Men's Preseason Top 25    
UCLA is No. 1 in the Soccer America Men's Preseason Top 25 ahead of Virginia, which ...
Women: No. 1 Florida State faces Florida in Gainesville    
Defending champion Florida State puts its No. 1 ranking on the line this week when it ...
NSCAA Player of the Week: Kennesaw State's Brittney Reed    
Redshirt junior Brittney Reed opened the season with six goals in Kennesaw State's 12-0 rout against ...
Oregon State Spotlight: Beavers put 2014 behind them    
A new season means new hope, and for the Oregon State women's team that means a ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25    
Defending champion Florida State remained No. 1 in the Soccer America Women's Top 25. There was ...
Women's Week 1: UCLA and Florida fall on the road    
No. 4 Florida and No. 6 UCLA, both NCAA Division I quarterfinalists in 2014, dropped games ...
Women's Schedule: Florida State and USC square off in Albuquerque    
No. 1 Florida State and No. 13 USC meet Sunday at New Mexico's Lobo Invitational. In ...
Women's Weekend: UCLA falls at Long Beach State    
Rebuilding after suffering heavy losses -- six players were selected among the first 19 picks of ...
>> College Soccer Reporter Archives