FORT MYERS, Fla. - Coming off a 1-0 win against SEC foe Arkansas on Sunday, the FGCU women’s soccer team takes to the road for a pair of contests at the Black Knights Classic in West Point, N.Y. The Eagles play Vermont on Friday, Sept. 10 at 4:30 p.m. and face Marist on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m. Live stats are available at GOARMYSPORTS.com.
FGCU, currently 2-3 on the season, went 1-1 over the weekend at the Embassy Suites Kick-Off Classic; falling to Kent State, 2-1, and defeating Arkansas, 1-0, in the final minute of the game.
Senior Michelle Kuhnen was in the right spot at the right time on Sunday afternoon, as she headed a ball into the back of the Arkansas net with just 51 seconds left in the game. Redshirt junior Kathleen Hunter served a corner kick from the right side of the field that skipped through the goalie’s hands right to Kuhnen who then headed into the goal for her first goal of the season. The win is the program’s first-ever against a BCS opponent.
A total of seven different Eagles have scored a goal while sophomore forward Jessica Swartzentruber leads FGCU with two goals. Freshman Jenci Villaverde and redshirt junior Katie Donnellan are second on the team after tallying one goal and two assists each. Junior Stephanie Powers has been the main keeper, tallying 17 saves in her five starts. Powers has helped the FGCU defense hold each of its five opponents scoreless in the first half.
The Eagles will not face the host school, Army, but FGCU beat Black Knights, 3-0, last season in the 2009 Embassy Suites Classic. This will be FGCU’s first meeting with members of both the America East Conference and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAC).
The Black Knights Classic serves as the final tune-up before Atlantic Sun play begins on Friday, Sept. 17 when FGCU travels to Jacksonville.
After opening with a double-overtime, 2-1, win in its home opener against Rider, Vermont (1-2) has dropped its last two contests to Atlantic 10 foes La Salle (3-2) and Massachusetts (4-0). Freshman Haley Marks leads the Catamounts with one goal and one assist while three other players have notched a goal. A member of the America East Conference, Vermont finished the 2009 season with an overall record of 1-13-3 and went 1-5-2 in league play.
The Red Foxes enter the weekend with a 1-3 record, most recently falling to BIG EAST opponent Providence in their home opener on Sunday. Marist’s only goal of the season has come from the boot of senior Merrilynn Esteve in the 1-0 victory against Stonybrook. Prior to the start of the season, Red Fox sophomores Nicole Kuhar and Jaclynn Sabia were named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com College Players to Watch MAAC Top 20 list. Last season, the Red Foxes posted an 8-10-2 record, including a 2-1 overtime loss to Niagara in the MAAC semifinals.