FORT MYERS, Florida – Junior forward Albert Ruiz scored three goals, including two in the first half, and added an assist as Florida Gulf Coast earned its fourth straight win with a 5-0 victory over UNCW in a non-conference game at the FGCU Soccer Complex on Saturday evening.
The Eagles improved to 4-2-1 on the season while UNCW dropped to 4-1-0 after suffering its first loss.
After junior forward Jiro Barriga Toyama gave FGCU a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute, Ruiz scored three consecutive goals to extend the advantage to 4-0 just over three minutes into the second half.
Sophomore midfielder Dennis Zapata completed the Eagles’ scoring in the 71st minute when he scored on a free kick from 40 yards for his third goal of the season.
Sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Cretens made a season-high five saves for the Seahawks, who outshot the Eagles by a 16-12 margin. Sophomore goalkeeper Sawyer Jackman tallied three saves for the Eagles en route to his first shutout of the season.
#SeahawkStats: The start of the game was delayed by 58 minutes due to inclement weather … Florida Gulf Coast has won both meetings against UNCW in the all-time series … The Eagles earned a 1-0 win in last year’s inaugural meeting in Wilmington … UNCW held a 7-0 advantage in corner kicks … The Seahawks have outshot their opponent in four of five games this season … Sophomore midfielder Ben Fisher led UNCW with four shots.
Up Next for UNCW: The Seahawks return home on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to host No. 9 Charlotte at UNCW Soccer Stadium for a non-conference game at 7 p.m.
College Men’s Soccer: Florida Gulf Coast 5, UNCW 0
UNCW 0 0 - 0
Florida Gulf Coast 3 2 - 5
Goals: UNCW – n/a; FGCU – Albert Ruiz 3 (29:21, 41:26, 48:02), Jiro Barriga Toyama (14:44), Dennis Zapata (70:03). Assists: UNCW – n/a; FGCU – Albert Ruiz, Sawyer Jackman, Preston Kilwien, Justin Gavin. Saves: UNCW – Ryan Cretens 5 (90:00, 5 goals allowed); FGCU – Sawyer Jackman 4 (90:00, 0 goals allowed). Shots: UNCW – 16; FGCU – 12. Corner Kicks: UNCW – 7; FGCU – 0. Attendance: 346.