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Haw's Header Secures 1-0 Win Over Kennesaw State
Women’s soccer sweeps weekend A-Sun games
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Senior Lindsay Haw (Palm City, Fla./Martin County HS) once again provided all the offense the Eagles needed as the FGCU women’s soccer team dropped Kennesaw State, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at the FGCU Soccer Complex.
FGCU improves to 7-4-1 on the season and holds onto a tie for first place with a 4-0-1 Atlantic Sun mark. The Eagles now have an eight-game conference unbeaten streak (7-0-1) dating back to last year. Kennesaw State drops to 6-6-1 overall and evens its mark to 3-3 in league play.
“This weekend has been the Lindsay Haw show. She was huge for us and scored a big goal today,” said fourth-year head coach Jim Blankenship. “As a team we are playing well and anytime you get a result like this against the defending A-Sun champion you take it. Winning 1-0 is plenty good enough for me.”
Haw tallied her 22nd career goal at the 51:26 mark with a header into the center of the net off a corner kick. Sophomore Brittany Burt (St. Petersburg, Fla./Northeast HS/USF) hit the kick into the perfect position in front of the net just in time for Haw to send it past the Owls keeper Melissa Hutto. Haw’s goal was done in similar fashion to her game-winning goal on Friday night against Mercer. The last time the forward had back-to-back goals in conference play was in 2008 against Campbell (Oct. 2) and UNF (Oct. 10).
The duo of Burt and Haw almost gave the Eagles a two-goal advantage in the 57th minute, but Haw’s shot sailed just left of the net to end the threat.
Kennesaw State’s best chance came in the 78th minute as Alyssa Mahan hit a long ball that looked like it was heading straight for the top of the net, but junior keeper Stephanie Powers (Seffner, Fla./Armwood HS) jumped up and grabbed the ball down.
Similar to the FGCU’s game against Mercer on Friday night, the score was again knotted at 0-0 after the opening 45 minutes saw FGCU hold a slight 6-4 edge in shots.
Powers had two saves in her sixth shutout of the season and third in as many games. Hutto had six saves in just her second start of the season
For the game, FGCU held a 13-5 advantage in shots, limiting the Owls to just one in the second half. The Eagles had seven shots on target and nine corners, while limiting Kennesaw State to just two shots on net and one corner.
FGCU now heads on the road to play ETSU (6-5-1, 2-3 A-Sun) and USC Upstate (3-10, 1-4 A-Sun). The showdown against the Buccaneers in Johnson City, Tenn., kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday, while Sunday’s match is slated for noon in Spartanburg, S.C.
Live stats, box scores and recaps for every FGCU contest are available at www.FGCUAthletics.com. Live updates of FGCU’s games can also be followed on www.twitter.com/FGCUEagles.