PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Miguel Jaime scored his first collegiate goal, Dylan Sacramento provided the game-winning strike and Sawyer Jackman orchestrated one of the best performances in net by a freshman in FGCU program history Friday night as the Eagles (2-2-1) earned a crucial 2-1 road win against Brown (3-3-0).
Following a scoreless first half, Jaime (Denver, Colo./Cherry Creek HS) put FGCU in front with a goal in the 51st minute following a cross by midfielder Rodrigo Saravia (Guatemala City, Guatemala/College Internacional Montessori) who was credited with his with his second assist of the year.
That goal looked like it would be enough as Jackman continued to make stop after stop against Brown – which was ranked No. 21 in the nation last week – but the Bears were rewarded a penalty kick in the 82nd minute. Brown, which was not issued any yellow cards on its home pitch while the Eagles were issued four, converted the PK to tie the game, and the contest appeared to be heading to overtime.
However, the flow of the game once again changed as Sacramento (Winnipeg, Manitoba/York University) tallied his team-best third goal of the year in the 86th minute. A second-half substitute by head coach Bob Butehorn who played only 12 minutes all night, Sacramento one-timed a ball with his right foot which was sent forward by Saravia and kept in bounds by Kamar Marriott (Tampa, Fla./Heritage HS). Saravia earned his third assist of the campaign, while Marriott was rewarded with his first and Sacramento netted his team-high third goal.
Making his second-consecutive start in net in place of one of the best goalkeepers in the country in Nathan Ingham (Keswick, Ontario/Keswick HS), Jackman (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East HS) once again put together a brilliant night as he made seven crucial saves en route to earning his first career victory in a starting role.
“I’m really, really proud of my guys for playing so well in that environment and getting the result,” commented Butehorn. “They stayed focus despite several factors going against us.”
Four of Jackman’s saves came in the final 30 minutes of the game. His seven saves are tied for the second most in program history by a freshman (Adam Glick, 2007), and the seven stops are tied for the eighth-most by any keeper in program history. Through his first two starts in place of the program’s all-time career shutout leader (Ingham, who is battling a sprained ankle), Jackman has allowed three goals – two on penalty kicks – and made 12 saves in 180 minutes.
“Sawyer played a great game. It was a difficult game and environment for him, and I’m so proud of what he was able to accomplish tonight,” Butehorn said of his keeper. “He played within himself, made the stops he needed to make and got us a really great result.”
Butehorn tried to shake things up right from the opening kickoff as he started his usual left back, Skylar Wilks (Tampa, Fla./Newsome HS), at left forward. The left-footed Wilks made the move immediately pay off as he put FGCU’s first shot on goal of the game in the 21st minute as his header was saved by Brown keeper Erik Hanson.
The game ended with each team attempting 12 shots as Wilks added another shot later in the contest. His two-shot total was matched by Jaime and freshman Dennis Zapata (Orlando, Fla./University HS), who also was shuffled around in Butehorn’s 4-4-3 formation from his typical forward position to a midfield slot – a move which resulted in him putting two efforts on frame as well.
Brown has now dropped three-straight games after opening the season 3-0 and being ranked No. 21 in the nation. The meeting was the second between the two squads, and FGCU now holds a 1-0-1 all-time record following a scoreless draw in Fort Myers last year.
FGCU will now begin a stretch of three-straight Atlantic Sun Conference matches on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 7 p.m. when it welcomes Jacksonville to the FGCU Soccer Complex. After getting off to a 2-0-1 start to the year, the Dolphins have dropped five games in a row following a 3-2 loss versus UCF Friday and head into the contest at 2-5-1 overall.
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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 110-89-23 (.545) overall record, 76-57-19 (.563) mark in his 9th season at FGCU and 44-17-5 (.705) record in A-Sun contests.
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