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Eagles Sweep Weekly Awards
MACON, Ga. – FGCU sophomore Lindsay Haw and freshman Stephanie Powers take home week three Atlantic Sun Women’s Soccer Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday.
The Eagles shut out former A-Sun member Gardner-Webb, 1-0 on Saturday afternoon. The shutout marks the third in a row for the Eagles. With the win, the Eagles move to 4-1-0 overall and 3-0-0 on the road.
Haw, the 2007 Freshman of the Year scored both goals as the Eagles shut out Wingate. In the 16th minute, Haw took a lead pass from freshman midfielder Olivia Elias and beat the Bulldog defenders; Haw was one-on-one with Wingate goalkeeper Kathryn Smith and snuck a shot into the left side of the goal.
The Palm City, Fla. native broke a scoring drought in the 66th minute when she scored for the third time last week after a cross from freshman Gina Petracco from the left side. Haw’s goal turned out to be the game winner as FGCU held Gardner-Webb to just two shots in the second half.
Stephanie Powers recording her second shutout of the season, recorded four saves. The Seffner, Fla. native earned soccer varsity letters at Armwood Highschool in 2005, 2007 and 2008. As team captain her senior year, the undecided freshman was nominated First Team All-Conference and slated honorable Mention in soccer. Powers helped her club team, the RLS Florida 89/90 to win a state Championship in 2007 and was a 2008 ODP National Champ.
The Eagles will be back at home on September 10th to face Howard at 7:00 pm at the FGCU Soccer Complex.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life, with a focus on academic and athletic integrity and a balance between the two for the student-athlete, and maintaining a high level of sportsmanship. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun encompasses six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun consists of some of the most dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.
Other Top Performers
Meghan Castaldo MER, (MF - Sr. - Atlanta, Ga - Business) - The team's creative attacking force in midfield, Meghan's leadership helped key the Bears second-half fightback against Jacksonville State at the JSU Gamecock Classic tournament this weekend. Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Castaldo would orchestrate the Bears offense to the tune of a 17-4 shooting advantage in the second stanza. The senior midfielder recorded four shots in the match, and provided a clutch assist for Mercer's game-tying goal in the 75th minute, whipping in an inch-perfect cross for Katheryn Hurst to volley home, earning the Bears a 1-1 draw against the host Gamecocks.
Katelin Swift, UNF, (F - Jr. - Jacksonville, Fla. - Education) - Swift netted her first goal of the season to give UNF a 1-0 lead against Georgia State on Friday. On Sunday, she added her second goal of the season, this one a gamewinner to lift the Lady Ospreys over FIU, 1-0. All four shots taken by Swift were on goal in the two-game span.
Olivia Tucker, MER (D - Fr. - Peachtree City, Ga. - Undelcared) - After an impressive display as a substitute against Jackson State last weekend, Olivia earned her first career start for Mercer against Samford on Sept. 5 at the JSU Gamecock Classic tournament. Olivia played a key role in a Bears' defense that did not allow a goal from open play in either of the tournament's two matches. She helped Mercer to a 27-10 shooting advantage against Jacksonville State on Sept. 7, firing three shots of her own while limiting the Gamecocks to just three shots on target in the double-overtime match. For her efforts, Olivia was named to the JSU Gamecock Classic All-Tournament Team.