Burt, Suchko net first season goals
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The FGCU women’s soccer team extended its conference unbeaten streak to six games as it defeated Campbell, 2-0, at the Eakes Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon.
The win improves the Eagles’ record to 5-4-1 and more importantly 2-0-1 in Atlantic Sun action. FGCU’s unbeaten streak (5-0-1) dates back to last season. The Eagles have started with seven points in their first three road games in conference play, which is five points more than it earned against Jacksonville, UNF and Campbell last season.
The second loss of the week for the Camels drops Campbell to 4-7-1 on the season, including a 1-3 conference mark. Stetson beat Campbell 4-1 on Thursday night.
“We played very well at a stadium that is not very easy to compete at,” said head coach Jim Blankenship. “I was pleased with how we played. Everyone played well and we created great chances and scored some goals.”
Sophomore Brittany Burt (St. Petersburg, Fla./Northeast HS/USF) put FGCU on the board early off a touch from redshirt sophomore Ashley Cielsielczyk (Oregon, Ohio/Clay HS) for her first goal of the season. Junior Olivia Elias (Coral Springs, Fla./American Heritage-Delray) streaked up the left side and found Cielsielczyk, who was able to draw the Camels keeper Ryan Torrero out into the box. Cielsielczyk’s pass to the back post allowed Burt to drill it into the open net at the 3:49 mark.
Senior Amanda Suchko (Greensburg, Pa./Hempfield Area Senior HS) added an insurance goal in the 44th minute on a shot as she split two defenders and hit a shot off her left foot to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead. Junior Gina Petracco (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) passed to Suchko at the top of the box who the sailed the ball to the upper left corner of the net.
Campbell had its best chance in the opening minutes of the second half as Kaili Terry headed the ball towards the net, but junior Stephanie Powers (Seffner, Fla./Armwood HS) made the save. Powers picked up three saves in her fifth shutout of the season and 15th of her career.
The Eagles produced 13 shots, as four players took at least two shots and had three balls cleared from the Campbell goal line. The Camels were limited to just four shots in the game with Terry picking up three of the shots.
After being away from the FGCU Soccer Complex since early September, the Eagles land back at home to open October when they host Mercer on Friday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. FGCU faces off with three-time Atlantic Sun Regular Season Champions Kennesaw State on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. FGCU defeated both Mercer (2-1) and Kennesaw State (1-0) last season. Live stats will be available for both games at FGCUAthletics.com.
Tickets are on sale and 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 on www.FGCUAthletics.com/tickets. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for youth (Ages 3-18). Admission for FGCU faculty and staff along with students is free.