FORT MYERS, Fla. – With the No. 19 FGCU men’s soccer team (0-0-1) leading 2-0 Wednesday evening at the FGCU Soccer Complex against UCF (1-0-0), a second lightning delay of the night occurred with 26:33 remaining in the second half and the game was officially declared as a “no contest.”
By being deemed a “no contest,” it is as if the game never occurred, and the statistics which were recorded are null and void. If another 6:33 had been played and the game had reached 70 minutes, the contest would have been declared as official. The lone exception to the statistics not being recorded is a red card which was issued to UCF’s Neico Regent, as that will carry over and he cannot play in the Knights’ next game.
A 1-hour and 43-minute lightning delay near the end of the first half prevented any play from occurring from 7:47 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Once action resumed, Miguel Jaime (Denver, Colo./Cherry Creek HS) converted a penalty kick with 1:35 remaining in the first half, giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead at the break.
After an abbreviated seven-minute halftime, Rielee Mohsin (Stuart, Fla./Nichols College/Martin County HS) tallied FGCU’s second penalty kick of the evening in the 61st minute after he was pulled down by Regent in the box, prompting the red card and forcing UCF to play with 10 men. Shortly after, the horn blew again as lightning was in the area.
Since more than three hours had passed since the start of the game, both teams must have agreed to re-start the contest following the lightning leaving the area. That did not occur, and the “no contest” ruling was officially rendered by the head referee at 10:11 p.m.
FGCU will now hit the road for the first time this year as it travels to Winston-Salem, N.C., to face Wake Forest on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. Wake Forest is 2-0 on the year and ranked No. 20 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire National Poll this week. A complete preview will be posted on FGCUAthletics.com on Friday.
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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 108-87-23 overall record, 74-55-19 mark in his 9th season at FGCU and 44-17-5 record in A-Sun contests.
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