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Women's Soccer Notches Seventh Shut Out with 1-0 Victory Over Belmont
NASHVILLE, Tenn. The FGCU women’s soccer team (9-5, 5-2 A-Sun) started the weekend off right with a 1-0 victory on Friday night in Tennessee. The Eagles recorded their seventh shutout with a 1-0 victory over Belmont (10-4-1, 4-3 A-Sun). With the win FGCU improved to 9-5 on the season, marking the 250th career victory for Head Coach Jim Blakenship.
“I’m very pleased with our performance tonight,” added Head Coach Jim Blakenship. “We stepped up and fought all game to a top notch opponent. We got a huge goal from McCall early, and we keep the pressure on.”
The Eagles went ahead early in the first half on a goal by Sophomore Amber McCall (Fort Myers, Fla.) in the ninth minute. “McCall hit a great shot that put us ahead early,” said Head Coach Jim Blakenship. Senior Jessica Zabel (Lake Mary, Fla.) sent a passed from midfield to McCall, McCall sent a shot from 25 yards out that slipped through Bruins goalkeeper Zirka Thompson’s hands to give the Eagles an early 1-0 lead. For McCall, that was her eighth goal of the season, and her fourth game winner.
The Eagles led in shots, five to four, and the Bruins led in the corner kicks three to zero after one half of play in Nashville.
The Eagles defense stepped up once again in the second half, led by freshman goalkeeper Kirsi Keenan (Boca Raton, Fla.). Keenan recorded four saves on the night, three of those in the second half. “Kirsi really stepped it up tonight,” said Head Coach Jim Blakenship. For Keenan this was her second-straight shutout.
The Eagles were out shot in the second half eight to one and recorded no corner kicks while the Bruins attempted six.
With the win, the Eagles take over sole possession of third place in the Atlantic Sun race.”This was a big win for the program, said Head Coach Jim Blakenship.” We came out and played hard for 90 minutes and that’s what every coach asked for.” This win also gave the Eagles their seventh shutout of the season, that’s go for third in the Atlantic Sun Conference.
The Eagles will stay in Nashville to face another A-Sun foe Lipscomb on Sunday October 26th at 1:00 pm.