FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s soccer team hosts its second tournament in program history as the Eagles welcome Arkansas, Kent State and Miami to campus for the Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic on Friday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 5 at the FGCU Soccer Complex.
Friday, Sept. 3
4:30 p.m. - Miami vs. Arkansas
7:00 p.m. - FGCU vs. Kent State
Sunday, Sept. 5
11:00 a.m. - Kent State vs. Miami
1:00 p.m. - FGCU vs. Arkansas
FGCU, currently 1-2 on the season, visited tournament participant Miami on Tuesday, falling 3-1 at Cobb Stadium. The Eagles host MAC foe Kent State on Friday following the conclusion of the first game before finishing the weekend against SEC opponent Arkansas on Sunday. It is the Blue and Green’s first meeting with both Kent State and Arkansas.
Sophomore forward Jessica Swartzentruber leads the Eagles with two goals while junior Gina Petracco, redshirt junior Katie Donnellan and senior Lindsay Haw all have three points off one goal and one assist. Freshman Jenci Villaverde leads the team with two assists. Junior Stephanie Powers has been the main keeper, tallying nine saves in her three starts.
Live stats, box scores and recaps for every game of the tournament will be available at FGCUAthletics.com in the Tournament Central.
Tickets for the 2010 Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic can be purchased through the FGCU Ticket Office in Alico Arena either in person or by phone at (239) 590-7145. Tickets are also available at www.FGCUathletics.com/tickets. All Tournament passes, valid for all games during the tournament, will be $10 for adults and $5 for youth (ages 3-18). Admission for FGCU faculty, staff, and students is free.
Arkansas was 4-2-4 on the road last year for a .600 winning percentage. The record and winning percentage were the best for UA since the 1996 team went 6-3 (.667). Arkansas returns eight of 11 starters for head coach Erin Aubry’s second season. The Razorbacks (1-1) and FGCU have faced one common opponent, FIU, but Arkansas beat the Golden Panthers, 1-0, while the Eagles fell in double overtime, 1-0.
Kent State Notes
The Golden Flashes (0-1-1) return 15 letterwinners from a 2009 squad that finished 8-9-2 overall. Kent State will go without a home contest for a span of 40 days, which includes all of September. During the 10-game road swing, KSU will compete in six states (Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois). After opening their season with a 2-1 loss versus visiting Illinois State, the Golden Flashes battled to a 2-2 double overtime tie at Cleveland State.
Miami (2-1-1) returns 21 players from a team that finished the 2009 campaign with an 8-10-1 overall record and 3-6-1 in the ACC. The Hurricanes opened their season with a double overtime, 2-1 loss to Florida, a 6-0 victory versus Stetson, and a double overtime, 1-1 tie with Purdue and most recently beat FGCU, 3-1, on Tuesday. Miami senior Brittany Steinburch became the program’s leading scorer with two goals against the Eagles. Steinburch has already tallied a team-high three goals on the season.