FORT MYERS, Fla. -- In Sunday's Semifinal action of the 2019 ASUN Conference Men's Soccer Championship, No. 2 FGCU defeated No. 3 North Florida by a score of 2-1 at the FGCU Soccer Complex in Fort Myers, Fla. The Eagles improve to 9-7-2 to earn their fourth trip to the ASUN Championship Final.
The Eagles jumped on the scoreboard early with Ivan Rosales scoring from distance in the fifth minute of play off a pass from Shak Adams. Less than seven minutes later, North Florida's LJ Estes connected with Miguel DeLeon Jr. to knot the match at 1-1. FGCU continued to pressure UNF but the match went into halftime tied.
FGCU came out strong in the second half as it continued to put the pressure on Osprey goalkeeper Padraic Gilley peppering him with four shots while holding UNF without a shot in the second half for a period of 23 minutes. The Eagles netted the game-winner at the 70-minute mark when O'Vonte Mullings corralled a pass from Ryan Medilah and slipped it past a diving Gilley.
After controlling much of the second half, FGCU's Medilah sent a ball from near midfield towards the Ospreys goal, pulling Gilley off his line. Mullings took a touch outside the box before firing a shot past the diving Gilley.
- 4:57 - FGCU's Ivan Rosales (Shak Adams)
- 11:15 - UNF's Miguel DeLeon Jr. (LJ Estes)
- 70:00 - FGCU's O'Vonte Mullings (Ryan Medilah)
Inside The Box Score
- Mullings scored his ninth goal of the season, most on the FGCU squad. Rosales' goal was just the fourth of the year for the senior midfielder.
- DeLeon's game-tying goal was only his second of the season.
- In the first half, FGCU outshot North Florida 5-1 with the Ospreys putting three on target to the Eagles' one. In the second half, FGCU took nine shots with three on frame to UNF's five shots, two on target.
- The assist by Adams on the Rosales goal in the fifth minute propelled him to becoming all-time assist leader in FGCU program history.
- Today's match was a physical one as the two teams combined for 36 fouls, seven cautions and two ejections.
News & Notes
- The No. 2 seed improves to 23-7-5 in the ASUN Championship, including a 10-3-3 mark against the No. 3 seed.
- Jesse Cormier earned his first win in the ASUN Championship since being named the Head Coach at FGCU.
- North Florida falls to 7-7-0 all-time in ASUN Championship history while FGCU improves to 9-3-1.
- The match was the first win for FGCU in the ASUN Championship since beating No. 5 Jacksonville 3-2 to win the title in 2016.
- Rosales and Mullings have only scored goals in the same game in one other game this season, a 4-2 road win against Stetson to close out the regular season.
- Earlier this season the two teams met in Jacksonville and the match ended in a 1-1 draw after 110 minutes of play.
- FGCU is 4-2-1 against UNF while playing on its home field and last faced the Ospreys at home in 2018 when the Eagles earned a 5-0 shutout.
No. 2 FGCU advances to battle No. 1 NJIT in the ASUN Championship Final next Saturday in Newark, N.J. North Florida finishes the 2019 season with a 6-8-2 overall record.
ABOUT THE ASUN
The ASUN Conference is an NCAA Division I league with nine member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The ASUN meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement through a true balance between student and athlete. Six ASUN schools reside in Nielsen Top 50 national media markets, and all nine are in top 80 markets. The ASUN includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Liberty University, Lipscomb University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, University of North Alabama, University of North Florida and Stetson University. Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky., joins the ASUN for the 2020-21 academic year.