Senior Day Highlights Home Women's Soccer Weekend
Thursday, October 13, 2011 | by Justin Glover (@Jglove3)
USC Upstate (2-13-1, 0-6 A-Sun)
FGCU (10-3-2, 5-0-1 A-Sun)
10/14/2011 | Fort Myers, Fla. | Attendance: 370
USC Upstate000
FGCU25:57FALLER, Danielle (CIESIELCZYK, Ashley , PETRACCO, Gina)
FGCU28:49PETRACCO, Gina (GOBLE, Amanda , FALLER, Danielle)
FGCU37:58ARNOLD, Melissa (CIESIELCZYK, Ashley , PAYNE, Stacey)
FGCU44:48MCCALL, Brianna (ELIAS, Olivia , CIESIELCZYK, Ashley)
FGCU45:17ELIAS, Olivia (WACKER, Shannen )
FGCU49:18PETRACCO, Gina (BURT, Brittany , WACKER, Shannen)
FGCU76:59GOBLE, Amanda
FGCU82:51HOFFAY, Kayla (MARTIN, Julia )
UPSTPLANTZ, Sarah45:0057
UPSTCOLLINS, Rachel45:0046
FGCUPOWERS, Stephanie90:0001
Stats at a GlanceUPSTFGCU
Shots (on Goal)3 (1)33 (22)
Corner Kicks15

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Highlighted by senior night ceremonies on Friday, the FGCU women’s soccer team plays host to a pair of Atlantic Sun contests this weekend. The Eagles face-off with USC Upstate on senior night on Friday, Oct. 14 at 7 p.m., followed by the first place showdown against ETSU on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m.

FGCU (9-3-2, 4-0-1) is currently tied for second in the Atlantic Sun and is riding an 18-game conference unbeaten streak with a 15-0-3 record dating back to October 2009. The Eagles are now tied with FAU for the second longest streak in the history of the A-Sun with UCF holding the record at 24 in a row from 1996-2000.

The Green and Blue earned two more road victories last weekend pushing their season total to six, which is tied for the second most in the nation with North Dakota State. The Eagles are climbing the charts at No. 77 in the RPI ahead of the likes of Alabama, Michigan, St. John's and Nebraska.

In the 1-0 victory over Mercer last weekend, sophomore midfielder Kayley Clay (Cape Coral, Fla./Bishop Verot HS/Lynn University) scored the game-winning goal in the 78th minute, her third of the season. Last Sunday, the Eagles finished a perfect road trip by rolling Kennesaw State, 3-0, with goals from Elias, Petracco and Ciesielczyk. FGCU held the Owls to just four shots en route to its A-Sun leading eighth shutout. Ciesielczyk continues to lead the A-Sun in assists with eight and is tied for ninth in the nation. Leading the team with 12 points, Ciesielczyk was named the Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Week after scoring a goal against Kennesaw State and setting up the game-winning goal against Mercer.

The FGCU backline has posted a shutout in six straight games. Along with their unbeaten conference record, the Eagles haven’t allowed a goal in the last 602 minutes of play. Leading the defense, senior keeper Stephanie Powers is tied for first in the A-Sun in goals against average (0.82) and first in save percentage (.848), while second in saves (67). Powers sits in first with eight shutouts and has 27 in her career, which is two away from the all-time A-Sun record.

USC Upstate (2-12-1, 0-5 A-Sun) has dropped five straight Atlantic Sun conference games, coming off a 0-2 weekend against River City rivals, Jacksonville (L, 4-1) and UNF (L, 2-0). The Spartans Michelle Calmeyn leads the team with eight points on three goals and two assists. The Eagles lead the all-time series against the Spartans with a 3-0-1 record, after a 0-0 tie last season in Spartanburg, S.C.

The Bucs (10-3, 5-0 A-Sun) are undefeated in A-Sun play after taking down North Florida (2-1) and Jacksonville (3-0) last weekend. ETSU is led by Genna Petersen, who leads the A-Sun in multiple categories, including game-winning goals (4), points (22) and second in goals (9). Freshman Jenna Caudle is not far behind with seven goals and one assist. The Eagles are tied 2-2 in the all-time series against ETSU.

Friday’s game versus the Spartans will be senior day for 10 FGCU women’s soccer players; Olivia Elias (Coral Springs, Fla./American Heritage-Delray HS), Gina Petracco (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot HS), Brittany Burt (St. Petersburg, Fla./Northeast HS/USF), Stacey Payne (Coral Springs, Fla./American Heritage-Delray HS), KC Correllus (Merritt Island, Fla./Satellite HS/Florida State), Kat Hunter (Safety Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic HS), Brianna McCall (Fort Myers, Fla./Fort Myers HS), Stephanie Powers (Seffner, Fla./Armwood HS), Ashley Ciesielczyk (Oregon, Ohio/Clay HS) and Amanda Goble (Lutz, Fla./Land O’Lakes HS). These 10 seniors have led the Eagles to their first-ever A-Sun regular season championship last season. With an impressive 41-16-10 record over the last four seasons, this senior group has also posted 37 shutouts and outscored their opposition 113-49.

Sunday’s game is “Kick it for the Cure” as we promote breast cancer awareness. Anybody wearing PINK receives FREE admission. Fans are encouraged to bring photos of loved ones who have been affected by cancer and add them to our commemorative wall located at the entrance to the FGCU Soccer Complex. Also, Radiology Regional will be giving screenings in their MOBILE MAMMO – Call 239-936-2316 today to schedule your appointment.

Tickets for all home events can be purchased through the FGCU Ticket Office in Alico Arena either in person or by phone at (239) 590-7145. Tickets are also available at www.FGCUathletics.com/tickets.

Live stats, box scores and recaps for every FGCU contest are available at www.FGCUAthletics.com. Live updates of FGCU’s games can also be followed at www.twitter.com/FGCUEagles.