@FGCU_WSoccer Hosts 2013 #ASunWSoc Championship Nov. 8-10
Thursday, November 07, 2013 | by Matt Moretti III (@Moretts13)
Photo: Linwood Ferguson
Photo: Linwood Ferguson
Mercer (10-8-3, 4-3-2 A-Sun)
FGCU (13-3-3, 7-0-2 A-Sun)
11/8/2013 | Fort Myers, Fla. | Attendance: 756
FGCU36:47WACKER, Shannen (PARKS, Ashley , TINDELL, Tabitha)
FGCU65:00TINDELL, Tabitha (WACKER, Shannen )
MERCROPP, Maggie90:0023
FGCUBROWN, Brittany90:0001
Stats at a GlanceMERFGCU
Shots (on Goal)4 (1)11 (6)
Corner Kicks44
Yellow Cards01

FORT MYERS, Fla. – For the third-consecutive season, the FGCU women’s soccer team will host the Atlantic Sun Women’s Soccer Championship featuring two semifinal matches on Friday, Nov. 8 and the championship match on Sunday, Nov. 10. 

FGCU earned the right to host the Championship by claiming its fourth-straight A-Sun regular-season title when it completed an unbeaten slate against A-Sun competition for the second time in program history. The Eagles, who became eligible for postseason play in 2011, will be in search of a third-consecutive tournament championship. FGCU is 33-2-6 in the A-Sun since the beginning of the 2010 season. In just two A-Sun semifinal matches, the Eagles are 2-0 and have won those games by a combined score of 4-1.

The first match on Friday will feature second-seeded Jacksonville and third-seeded Kennesaw State at 4p.m. followed by top-seed FGCU taking on fourth-seeded Mercer at 7 p.m. Both semifinal games will be streamed live on A-Sun TV.

History of Success
The Eagles defeated Mercer in the championship match of each of the last two A-Sun tournaments. In 2011 the two programs were locked in a scoreless duel that went into double-overtime. Shannen Wacker (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa HS) scored in the 107th minute to lift the Eagles to their first NCAA Tournament appearance, the first of any sport at FGCU. In 2012 these two found themselves in overtime once again and this time it was Ally Kasun (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield HS) providing the game-winner in the 93rd minute to lift the Eagles to back-to-back titles.

When They Met Last
FGCU traveled to Mercer on Oct. 18 for its only regular season match with the Bears. After falling behind, 1-0, just 2:18 into the game, A-Sun Freshman of the Year Tabby Tindell (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic HS) took over, scoring two goals to lead the Eagles to a 3-1 victory. Tindell would earn her second of three A-Sun Player of the Week awards for her efforts that night. FGCU now boasts an 8-0-1 record against Mercer in its history, outscoring the Bears 12-3.

Record Breaking Season
The Eagles led the A-Sun in eight statistical categories, set single-season program records in four, points (123), goals (41), shots on goal (164), shots (342), and are on pace to break five more, points per game (6.83), shots per game (19.0), shots on goal per game (9.11), goals per game (2.27) and assists per game (2.27).

A-Sun Awards Breakdown
To go with Tindell winning Freshman of the Year, goalkeeper Brittany Brown (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena HS) earned the title of A-Sun Goalkeeper of the Year while head coach Jim Blankenship picked up his second-consecutive A-Sun Coach of the Year award.

FGCU had a record six players named to the All A-Sun First Team. Tindell and Emma Blackwell (Jenks, Okla./Jenks HS) were both unanimous selections. Brown, Kasun, Tessa Berger (Mahurangi East, New Zealand/Epsom Girls Grammar School) and Paulina Speckmaier (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep/University of Florida) complete the list of First-Team members. Wacker and Melissa Arnold (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek Regional HS) were named to the Second-Team.  Tindell, Speckmaier and Berger were also selected to the All-Freshman Team while Wacker and Brown earned All-Academic honors.

The championship match will take place on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN3, ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and on Apple TV.

The tournament began on Saturday, Nov. 2 with Kennesaw State defeating sixth-seeded Lipscomb 1-0. Mercer advanced to the semifinals by defeating fifth-seeded Stetson 1-0.

Any student of an A-Sun institution will be admitted for free with a valid university I.D. FGCU faculty and staff will be admitted for free as well. Youth ages 14 and under will be admitted for free if they are wearing a soccer jersey or green or blue. Youth tickets will cost $3 while adult tickets will be $6.