Florida Gulf Coast Cross Country, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Volleyball

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Here’s a look at how FGCU sports teams fared in competitions played Monday, August 29 through Sunday, September 4, including weekly awards won by Eagles athletes and a schedule of games played this week.

FAU women’s football socks

The Eagles got a late goal from Grace Paradis to defeat Florida Atlantic, 1-0, Sunday afternoon at Pickering Field. Paradis just put his head on the ball in the 89th minute as the Eagles improved to 2-3.

“Phenomenal result for us,” said head coach Jim Blankenship. “We didn’t get the results we wanted but I told them to stay focused and we are improving with every game. FAU are the best team we have played so far and our defense have played well and we I was rewarded at the end.”

FAU had a 13-8 shooting advantage, but in the second half the Eagles outscored the Owls, 7-6, forcing more action in their offensive zone. The Eagles also had a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks, including a 5-1 advantage in the second half.

After:Catch-up with the Eagles: August 21-28 FGCU Football, volleyball results include Big 10 wins

Paradis’ goal was his first of the season and the second of his FGCU career. Junior Leah Scarpelli and grad student Margaret Berry helped stop the Owls with their solid backline play, but also had assists on goal.

In net, graduate student Katie Sullivan made a season-high six saves for her first shutout of the season.

For the fifth time in her career, junior Louise Lillback was named ASUN Football Player of the Week last Tuesday.

“I’m happy for Louise,” Blankenship said. “She made a big impact in our first two games and we expect that to continue this season. To score in three games so far, including against a nationally ranked team at UCF, shows how dangerous it can be.”

In two games against Southern and UCF No. 23, Lillback scored two goals and also added an assist. Lillback has earned Player of the Week honors in the four seasons she has played for the Eagles, including twice last season.

Men’s football washed out against UCF

The men’s soccer match between UCF and FGCU was declared a draw due to weather on Friday night. The match was called off in the 39th minute and the score was tied at 1-1.

After posting a pair of shutouts in the first week of play, including a 1-0 win over Northwestern, Wyatt Kistner was named ASUN Men’s Soccer Goaltender of the Week on Tuesday.

“Wyatt performed well and our team, defensively, built great chemistry early on,” head coach Jesse Cormier said. “We will continue to build on our base of communication and accountability as we have many more quality opponents on the horizon.”

The redshirt sophomore anchored a defense that helped the Eagles (1-0-1) to a 0-0 draw in South Florida last Thursday before claiming their sixth Power 5 victory in Sunday program history against the Wildcats. He made a career-high five saves in the win over Northwestern while being pressed just once against the Bulls.

Volleyball goes 1-2 in Colorado

FGCU Volleyball split the action two-way at the Colorado State Invitational on Friday, beating Alabama State 3-0 before falling to Colorado State 3-1. The Eagles finished the weekend with a 3-0 loss to Arkansas to drop to 4-2 on the season.

“Good game in the morning with good opportunities to see different lineup variations on the pitch,” said head coach Matt Botsford. “The ball control and serve were outstanding and paved the way for us. This evening started with that same serving pressure putting us in a good position in the first set.

“Unfortunately, CSU found their rhythm defensively at the net and our hitters had a really hard time creating. We became a very high error, too predictable and just couldn’t apply pressure. There were some great runs where I felt like our defenders on the ground were keeping us in, but without scoring, we found ourselves unable to contain their runs.”

Barron Collier graduate Skylar English (16) and Erin Shomaker (13) posted double-digit wins and hit a .470 against Alabama State. English hit .519 and Shomaker hit .478.

Shomaker led the charge against the Rams with 20 kills while Juliana Lents added 10. Colorado native Chelsey Lockey recorded 44 assists.

Shoemaker moved up to fifth all-time in FGCU career wins (971) and is just 29 wins away from becoming the fifth Eagle to reach the 1,000 career win mark.

Lockey posted a double-double, 14 digs and 19 assists against Arkansas while the Razorbacks limited Shoemaker to just three kills.

FGCU won three ASUN Weekly Awards last Monday for their 3-0 performance at the Maryland Invite.

Shomaker won ASUN Player of the Week, Dana Axner won ASUN Defensive Player of the Week, and Lockey was awarded ASUN Setter of the Week. Anxer captured his seventh career Defensive Player of the Week and Shomaker earned his fifth Player of the Week.

Cross Country has the best runner at UCF

Graduate student Osman Humeida won the individual title at the UCF Invitational and helped the FGCU men’s cross country team to a third-place finish overall in the highly competitive competition. The Virginia native finished in 15:32.1, a good 12 seconds ahead of Florida second Josh Stern.

Humeida is the first Eagle to win the individual title at the UCF Invitational in program history.

Joining Humeida in the top 10 was senior Bus Baker, who placed ninth (15:59.8). Freshman Matthew Speruta, an Ida Baker graduate, took 22nd place (15:57.00) in the first collegiate race.

Florida took first place with seven runners in the top 12 to finish with 27 points, Miami was second with 66 and the Eagles finished third with 84 points.

The women’s team finished sixth overall and was led by sophomore Karley Piers, who finished just ahead of the top 10 runners in 11th place with a time of 19:03.6.

Eagles schedule this week

THURSDAY

Women’s Soccer at FSU, 7 p.m.

FRIDAY

Men’s soccer at Georgia Southern, 7 p.m.

Men’s golf at the Rod Myers Invitational, 8 a.m. in Durham, NC

Volleyball vs. VCU, Noon at Sunshine Invitational, Gainesville

Florida Volleyball, 7:30 p.m. at Sunshine Invitational, Gainesville

SATURDAY

Men’s golf at the Rod Myers Invitational, 8 a.m. in Durham, NC

Volleyball vs. Georgia Southern, 1 p.m. at Sunshine Invitational, Gainesville

SUNDAY

Men’s Soccer at Mercer, Noon

Women’s Soccer vs. FIU, 1 p.m.

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