LAKEPOINT, Ga. – For an unprecedented fifth-straight week, a member of the #12 FGCU men’s soccer team (10-2-1, 2-0-0 ASUN) has been named ASUN Player of the Week as Arion Sobers-Assue garnered the honor on Monday.
Sobers-Assue (Miami, Fla./DeMatha Catholic HS) scored twice, including the game-winner in the 3rd minute, and added an assist for a five-point contest as part of FGCU’s 6-0 rout of league foe Stetson Friday night. It’s his second ASUN Player of the Week recognition of the year as the Eagles are now the first school in conference history to claim the award in five-consecutive weeks.
The performance against the Hatters marked Sobers-Assue’s third game this season in which he tallied at least five points. He helped the Eagles stretch their program-record winning streak to 10 in a row – the best in the nation – as the Green and Blue began the week with a 3-2 victory over I-75 rival USF on Tuesday.
FGCU’s top-ranked offense in the country wasted little time is flexing its muscle versus Stetson as Sobers-Assue converted just 2:42 into the match. The redshirt sophomore and teammate Robert Ferrer (Barcelona, Spain/Brevard College/IES Calmot) were both battling a Stetson defender in the box for the ball, but the striker emerged victorious and then slid a shot underneath charging Stetson goalkeeper Paul Ladwig.
His second goal came in the 51st minute after Albert Ruiz (Barcelona, Spain/ CE L’Hospitalet/UE Cornella) flicked a pass perfectly on to Sobers-Assue’s run near the top of the box. He took a couple touches and finished his shot inside the left netting.
Sobers-Assue’s assist occurred in the 34th minute off a Stetson goal kick which FGCU won unchallenged. Ruiz found space in the middle of the pitch and played a ball near the top of the box to Sobers-Assue. He then delivered a square ball to Miguel Jaime (Denver, Colo./Cherry Creek HS), who finished his second goal of the campaign.
Sobers-Assue now has 10 goals and 23 points on the year, with the goal total ranking tied for 7th in the nation and the point total ranking tied for 6th. If not for Ruiz’s 12 goals (T-1st nationally) and 29 points (2nd nationally), Sobers-Assue would have already set single-season program records in both categories.
The Eagles lead the nation in goals (44, next closest: 35), points (122, next closest: 103), goals per game (3.38, next closest: 2.69) and points per game (9.38, next closest: 7.92). The point and goal totals are already single-season program records, far surpassing the previous marks of 35 and 108, respectively.
The 6-0 clean sheet against the Hatters was tied for the largest shutout in program history along with the season finale in 2010 versus North Florida. It’s incredibly the second time this year the Eagles have scored six goals in a game, and the fourth contest in which the Green and Blue’s relentless attack has netted five or more.
The Eagles continued their program-record winning streak as the double-figure run is two better than #1 Maryland for the best in the nation. In the last eight games, FGCU has scored at least three goals every match and totaled 36 over that stretch for a stout average of 4.5 per game.
The victory over Stetson extended the longest home conference regular-season unbeaten streak in the nation as FGCU is now unbeaten in 29 straight (26-0-3). The Eagles have not lost a home ASUN regular-season game in nearly eight years, dating back to a 2-0 defeat against Jacksonville in October of 2008 – the program’s second season.
The triumph also continued the Eagles’ dominance of the ASUN as they now own a 38-4-4 record in all ASUN regular-season games since the start of the 2010 season. Out of a possible 138 points that could have been earned in that time, the Green and Blue have claimed an impressive 118 of them (85.5 percent) en route to an unprecedented six-straight ASUN regular-season titles.
Sobers-Assue and the rest of the Eagles will look to continue their torrid form when FGCU’s four-game homestand resumes with a marquee showdown against North Florida (6-3-1, 2-0-0 ASUN) on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. The Ospreys were tabbed for a 2nd-place finish in the league’s preseason poll – just four points behind the Eagles – and with two 1st-place votes had the same as FGCU and Lipscomb.
UNF scored a double-overtime winner against cross-city rival Jacksonville Friday night for a 1-0 victory. Because of an unbalanced league schedule to this point of the year, the Eagles and Ospreys are tied for 2nd place in the ASUN table with 6 points each as the only unbeaten clubs in conference play while every other team has already played four matches.
FGCU Weekly Awards This Year
Sept. 19: Albert Ruiz, ASUN Player of the Week
Sept. 19: Sawyer Jackman, ASUN Defensive Player of the Week
Sept. 19: Albert Ruiz, College Soccer News National Player of the Week
Sept. 20: Albert Ruiz, TopDrawerSoccer National Team of the Week
Sept. 26: Arion Sobers-Assue, ASUN Player of the Week
Sept. 27: Arion Sobers-Assue, NSCAA National Player of the Week
Sept. 27: Arion Sobers-Assue, TopDrawerSoccer National Team of the Week
Oct. 3: Albert Ruiz, ASUN Player of the Week
Oct. 4: Albert Ruiz, TopDrawerSoccer National Player of the Week
Oct. 10: Shak Adams, ASUN Player of the Week
Oct. 17: Arion Sobers-Assue, ASUN Player of the Week
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FGCU is led by Bob Butehorn, who has coached six professional players and 54 ASUN All-Conference selections since FGCU started its program in 2007. In just five years of postseason eligibility, Butehorn has guided FGCU to three ASUN Tournament championships and NCAA Tournament appearances – in 2011, 2012 and 2014 – and has won an unprecedented six-straight ASUN regular-season championships. His teams have been ranked nationally on several occasions by multiple media outlets. Now in his 14th season as a head coach, Butehorn has a 125-92-26 (.568) overall record, 91-60-22 (.590) mark in his 10th season at FGCU and 50-17-6 (.726) record in ASUN contests.
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