FORT MYERS, Fla. – After a weather delay of more than three hours following torrential rain and lightning, the FGCU men’s soccer team (1-1-1) had its game against Penn (0-2-1) canceled at the FGCU Soccer Complex Saturday evening. The game will not be rescheduled.
This is the second game of the year already for the Eagles which has not been played due to weather. FGCU had a 2-0 lead on UCF on Sept. 2 when a second lightning delay occurred and the game was declared a “no contest” just seven minutes short of being an official contest.
After a one-hour delay Saturday, the starters for each team were announced and were lined up for the playing of the National Anthem around 8 p.m. when another lightning delay occurred. Those strikes became more frequent and eventually most of the field was under water before the contest was canceled shortly after 10 p.m.
FGCU will now direct its focus toward USF as the Eagles and Bulls will renew their rivalry next Saturday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. in Tampa. USF is receiving votes in the national polls this week and is off to a 3-2-0 start to the season. The Bulls will host UNF on Monday night.
Season- and single-game tickets are available for the 2015 campaign, with season tickets starting at just $35. More information, including special discounts and group rates, can be accessed by logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/tickets or by clicking here. To purchase tickets, or for additional inquiries, call the FGCU Ticket Office at 239-590-7145 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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FGCU is led by Bob Butehorn, who has coached 45 A-Sun All-Conference selections since FGCU started its program in 2007. In just four years of postseason eligibility, Butehorn has guided FGCU to three A-Sun Tournament championships and NCAA Tournament appearances – in 2011, 2012 and 2014 – and has won an unprecedented five-straight A-Sun regular-season championships. His teams have been ranked nationally on several occasions by multiple media outlets. Now in his 13th season as a head coach, Butehorn has a 109-88-23 overall record, 75-56-19 mark in his 9th season at FGCU and 44-17-5 record in A-Sun contests.
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