(11-3-2, 6-0-1 A-Sun)
(8-6-2, 3-2-1 A-Sun)
10/18/2013 | Macon, Ga. | Attendance: 479
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||MER|
|Shots (on Goal)||18 (10)||9 (3)|
Macon, Ga. – Freshman Tabby Tindell tallied a pair of goals on Friday evening to guide the FGCU women’s soccer team (11-3-2, 6-0-1 Atlantic Sun) to a 3-1 victory over the Mercer Bears (8-6-2, 3-2-1 A-Sun) to keep the Green and Blue unbeaten in A-Sun play with just two games left in the regular season.
Tindell (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic HS) picked up her first score in the 40th minute to tie things up after the Eagles had surrendered the first goal of the game to the Bears very early in the first half. The Ocala, Fla. native would add a second score, her 11th of the season, in the 63rd minute to give the Eagles the lead for good. Shannen Wacker (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa HS) would add some insurance for FGCU in the 76th minute to complete the scoring.
“We fell behind early again and once we settled down we really controlled the game” head coach Jim Blankenship stated. “I think I our guys handled it very well played a great game. We went into a tough place to play and came away with a positive result against a program that we have a lot of respect for.”
Following an FGCU offside call less than a minute into the game, the Bears moved down the field and on their second shot attempt, found the back of the net for the first score of the evening. Washida Blackman cut inside the box and fired her shot into the upper left corner of the goal in just the third minute of the game.
The Eagles would give up one more shot before gaining control of the pace. FGCU dominated the shot column once again for the remainder of the first half before finally breaking through with an equalizing goal in the 40th minute. Tindell beat the defense and chipped a shot over the keeper who had come out of the net to contest. The goal was Tindell’s team-leading 10th of the season.
FGCU outshot Mercer 10-4 in the opening frame while attempting two corner kicks to the Bears none. Brittany Brown (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena HS) made four saves.
In the second half both offenses stalled early on but it was FGCU who would quicken the pace after ten minutes play. Leading 12-6 in the shot column, Tindell found herself free in the box again, controlled a header pass from Kaitlin Parker (Palm Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic HS) and slipped a shot into the open net, giving the Green and Blue a 2-1 lead in the 63rd minute.
Wacker would put this one out of reach for the Green and Blue in the 76th minute when Ally Kasun (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield HS) found the Parker Colo. native on drive up the sideline. Wacker cut inside and fired a shot past the keeper inside the near post to give FGCU a 3-1 lead. That was all the FGCU defense would need in this one as the Eagles extended their unbeaten streak to seven games with the 3-1 victory.
The Eagles’ streak of four-consecutive contests with at least 25 shots was snapped on Friday night but their 18 shots were good enough to erase the 2011 single-season record of 290 shots. The Green and Blue have now fired 300 shots during the 2013 season. With one more win, the Eagles will match the longest unbeaten streak in conference play in program history.
FGCU will conclude its weekend road trip on Sunday at Kennesaw State. The Eagles defeated the Owls last season, 1-0, at the FGCU Soccer Complex and have not lost to the Owls since 2007 season. Kick-off is currently scheduled for 1 p.m.