Eagles May Look To Newcomers For Offensive Productivity in 2023.
|Coach – Jesse Cormier – 7th Season|
|Conference – ASUN|
|2022 Record – 8-5-4 overall, 4-3-3 in conference|
|2022 National Ranking – Not Ranked|
|Five Year Win Total|
2022 – 8
2021 – 4
2020 – 3
2019 – 9
2018 – 9
Davi Alves – Midfielder – Started in 15 games during 2022 season and appeared in 8 in 2021 after transferring from DII West Florida. 2022 All-ASUN First Team. Fourth in ASUN in goals scored with 7 in 2022. ASUN Player of the Week. Led team with 16 points and 37 shots on target. Graduated.
Aedon Kyra – Forward – Appeared in 17 games with 15 starts during 2022 season after transferring from UNLV to play his fifth year at FGCU. Second on team with 6 goals. First in ASUN in game-winning goals with 4. ASUN Player of the Week. Now playing professionally in his native Australia with APIA Leichhardt FC.
Jovoney Brown – Forward – Appeared in 15 games with 12 starts during 2022 season after transferring from North Florida to play his fifth year at FGCU. Had 2 goals and 2 assists. Completed eligibility.
Markus Maurer – Midfielder – Appeared in 33 games and started 18 in three seasons after transferring from Monroe College. Scored 2 goals and 2 assists in 2022. Graduated.
Abdul Kuku – Defender – Played 1183 minutes starting 15 games in 2022, after transferring from Seattle for his fifth year. Scored 1 assist. Now playing for semi-pro Green Gulley SC in Australia.
Shandel Senior – Defender – Started 35 and played in 36 games over three years after transferring from Daytona State College. Played 1112 minutes in 2022. Currently plays for Daytona Rush SC in USL League 2.
The Eagles managed a successful season in spite of Hurricane Ian threatening to upend the whole thing. They won eight games for the first time in three years. They upset 10th-ranked Lipscomb on Senior Night before falling to the Bisons 1-0 in a rematch in the ASUN Tournament Semifinals.
However, the recipe for success in 2022 could also spell challenges for 2023, as the Eagles relied on fifth-year seniors and transfers to handle most of their offense. Davi Alves and Aedon Kyra, who together scored half of the team’s goals last yea, have departed.
Who will step up to stand out? And will it be enough to take the Eagles to the ASUN title game and beyond? There is some encouragement in this year’s transfers.
Junior Shoki Yishida, a product of the Arizona JUCO system, has shown experience in big-game situations. While at Arizona Western last year, he scored a game-winning overtime goal to win the state championship. He also helped the team to the NJCAA championship game.
Grad student Gustavo Ferrari transferred from San Francisco State after leading the Gators in scoring for the last two seasons. Sophomore Jaffer Murphy, a transfer from Drake, was on the Missouri Valley Conference All-Freshman team.
At the back end, the Eagles have more consistency on the roster. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Wyatt Kistner returns to play a second season. He can boast having shut out the No. 10 team in the nation, which he did in the Lipscomb upset. He also has an ASUN Tournament shutout on his resume, with the Eagles beating North Florida 4-0 in the quarterfinals.
Some of the defenders and mids who put in 1000 minutes or more last year are also back, including junior Lucas Windschauer, sophomore Alon Drey, and sophomore Nadav Ohayon.
Luke Barforosh – Defender – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – A senior transfer from North Florida who played in 13 games and started 10 for the Ospreys in 2022.
Linus Dahl – Midfielder – Königsten im Taunus, Hesse, Germany – Played 25 games and started 18 in two seasons at George Mason. Played for 1205 minutes in 2021.
Shoki Yoshida – Forward – Hyōgo, Japan – Played in 19 games and started 15 with Arizona Western (NJCAA) last year. Scored game-winning extra time goal to win ACCAC championship. Converted a penalty kick in the NJCAA semifinals. As a freshman at Wilmington (DII), he played in the NCAA Tournament and was named to the CCAC All-Tournament team.
Gustavo Ferrari – Foward – Silverdale, Washington – Graduate transfer from San Francisco State. Was named to DII CCA All-American Second Team in 2021, breaking school single-season records with 14 goals and 35 points. Played in 17 games and started in 16, leading the team in scoring with 6 goals in 2022.
Shachar Nissim – Midfielder – Kiryat Ata, Israel – Sophomore transfer from Lee where he scored 4 goals as a freshman in 2022.
Jaffer Murphy – Forward – Marion, Iowa – Sophomore transfer from Drake. Named to MVC All-Freshman team.
Shanjan Mazumdar – Midfielder – Cary, North Carolina – Freshman who attended Green Level High School.
Barrett Saunders – Defender – Bartow, Florida – Freshman who attended Bartow High School.
Job Choute – Forward – Immokalee, Florida – Freshman who attended Immokalee High School.
Luis Lugo – Midfielder – Houston – Freshman who played for Houston Dynamo FC Academy.
Brendan Reilly – Goalkeeper – Venice, Florida – Freshman who attended Venice High School.
Caylan Lawrence – Midfielder – Ajax, Ontario, Canada. Freshman who played for FC Durham Academy.
Alejandro Lopez – Midfielder – Madrid, Spain – Senior transfer from North Florida, where he made the ASUN All-Freshman team in 2021.
Dylan Dana – Defender – Tampa – Freshman who attended Tampa Catholic High School, where he scored 14 goals in 21 games in his senior year.
Samuel Maraver – Defender – Miami – Freshman who attended Doral Academy Charter High School.
Vincent Paluck – Defender – Fort Myers, Florida – Freshman who attended Bishop Verot High School.
Xavier Ryan – Freshman.