FORT MYERS, Fla. - The Florida Gulf Coast University women's soccer team begins its 2008 season this weekend. The Eagles play host to FAU on Friday night at 7:00 pm, August 22 at the FGCU Soccer Complex, and hit the road for a match at FIU, Sunday, August 24 at 7:00 pm.
Florida Atlantic @ Florida Gulf Coast
7 p.m. Friday August 22
FGCU Soccer Complex
This will be the first meeting between the in state foes on Friday night. The Eagles went 11-7 overall and 7-4 in Atlantic Sun Conference play, and finished an impressive third in the Atlantic Sun in their 2007 inaugural season. The 2008 roster is dominated by underclassmen, but the Eagles return the 2007 Atlantic Sun Freshman of the year, Lindsay Haw, and Amber McCall who earned A-Sun First team accolades.
Heading into their second year in the Atlantic Sun Conference, the FGCU women’s soccer team was selected to finish third in the preseason women’s soccer poll. FGCU midfielder Amber McCall was also selected to the All-Conference team. McCall started all 18 matches last season and scored 10 goals while dishing out four assists. She scored 24 points and also scored four game winners. She was a first team All-A-Sun selection following her sophomore season at FGCU.
The Sun Belt Conference coaches picked Florida Atlantic to finish fifth among the league's 12-teams in the SBC preseason poll. The Owls return the majority of a strong defensive side from 2007, but must find a way to replace the bulk of its offensive production. FAU loses five key players who accounted for 24 of FAU's 28 goals in 2007 - helping the Owls post its eighth-straight winning season under 10th-year head coach Brian Dooley.
Florida Gulf Coast @ Florida International
7:00 p.m. Sunday August 24
In last year’s meeting, the Eagles overcame an early score in the second period by the Panthers to win a thrilling 3-2 match in overtime at the FGCU Soccer Complex. Freshman Lindsay Haw scored the game winning goal in the 91st minute and was named the Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic tournament MVP.
The Sun Belt Conference coaches picked Florida International to finish ninth among the league's 12-teams in the SBC preseason poll. The Panthers roster is also dominated by underclassmen, but returns their leading scorer, Claudia Cardenas. FIU finished last season 3-11-3, and 1-8-2 in the Sun Belt.