FGCU Remains Unbeaten in Conference Play
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Behind sophomore Jessica Swartzentruber’s (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota Christian) goal, the FGCU women’s soccer team remains unbeaten in Atlantic Sun play with a 1-0 win at ETSU on Friday night at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
FGCU moves to 8-4-1 on the season and continues to sit in a tie for first place with Jacksonville with a 5-0-1 record in the A-Sun for 16 points. The Eagles now have a nine-game unbeaten streak in A-Sun play (8-0-1) dating back to last season and have only allowed one goal in six conference games. During the stretch, the Blue and Green have outscored their opponents, 22-2.
ETSU, dropping its third consecutive game, is now 2-4 in conference play and 6-6-1 overall.
The Buccaneers put the pressure on the Eagles early in the first half taking the opening two shots of the game. FGCU answered back and earned one of the game’s two corner kicks in the 17th minute.
The Eagles kept the ball in the Bucs’ zone as Swartzentruber beat out an ETSU defender and fired it past keeper Megan Masch to give FGCU a 1-0 advantage. The goal was the only shot on target and proved to be all the offense the Eagles would need. The sophomore along with senior Lindsay Haw (Palm City, Fla./Martin County HS) now lead the team with three goals each.
FGCU took the 1-0 advantage into the break in a first half that saw ETSU take five shots to the Eagles’ one. Masch did not see much action as the lone goal was the only one she would face for the game.
ETSU had its final chance at the 89:28 mark as Kelly Brinkman fired a header towards junior keeper Stephanie Powers (Seffner, Fla./Armwood), but the two-time All-Conference goalie grabbed the ball to tally her 17th career shutout.
Powers had five saves in her fourth straight and seventh shutout on the season. The Blue and Green defense has now held opponents scoreless for 371 minutes and own five shutouts in league play for the first time since the inaugural season (2007) of the program.
ETSU outshot the Eagles 12-7, including a 5-1 advantage on goal, but FGCU held the 2-0 edge in corner kicks. Swartzentruber registered three of the shots while junior Olivia Elias (Coral Springs, Fla./American Heritage-Delray) had two.
FGCU continues A-Sun play on the road, traveling to USC Upstate (3-10-1, 1-4-1 A-Sun) on Sunday. Game time at County University Soccer Stadium is set for noon and can be followed on ASun.TV or live stats at FGCUAthletics.com. Upstate and Stetson battled to a 0-0 double overtime draw on Friday night.