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Roddar Scores Game-Winner to Help FGCU Defeat USF in Spring Game
Thursday, March 29, 2012 | by Justin Glover (@Jglove3)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU women’s soccer team rallied to score two goals in a comeback victory against USF, 2-1, at the FGCU Soccer Complex last weekend. Transfer Julia Roddar (Falun, Sweden/Shattuck-St.Mary’s Academy/Wisconsin) added the game-winner to give the Eagles their second win of the spring season.

“I was proud of the way we came back after being down a goal early,” said head coach Jim Blankenship. “It was nice to see Julia score the game-winner and Ciesielczyk played well with her two assists. We need to continue to keep attacking on the offensive end but I was pleased with the effort against USF.”

FGCU fell behind in the game 1-0, before the Eagles scored two unanswered goals as freshman Sam Vinton (Ada, Michigan/Forest Hills Central) put one into the back of the net and Roddar added the game-winner. Senior Ashley Ciesielczyk (Oregon, Ohio/Clay HS) had two assists in the game.

Junior defender Jennifer Crittenberger (Lighthouse Point, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons HS) and transfer Tamarah Stewart (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Los Osos HS/Kansas) anchored the backline for the Green and Blue.

The Eagles are 2-1 in the spring season with wins against FIU (3-0) and USF (2-1).

FGCU women’s soccer team ended the 2011 campaign with a program-best 14-5-2 overall record and an impressive 7-1-1 A-Sun mark, claiming back-to-back A-Sun regular season titles and earning their first-ever A-Sun tournament championship. FGCU won the championship off a dramatic goal in double-overtime sending the Eagles into the NCAA Championship for the first time in program history. Setting a new school record for shutouts with 12 on the season, the Green and Blue also landed five All-Conference first team selections and a pair of second team and All-Freshmen picks.