Women's Soccer Hosts Stetson on Senior Night
Friday, October 22, 2010

Eagles fight for regular season championship

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s soccer team enters its Saturday showdown with Stetson with the hope of walking away with its first regular season Atlantic Sun Championship in its short four-year history. Game-time with the Hatters is set for 7 p.m. as the team celebrates Senior Night for the 10 seniors.

In their most recent outings, the Eagles picked up a pair of Atlantic Sun victories over the weekend, taking down Belmont, 2-0, on Friday and Lipscomb, 4-1, Sunday.

FGCU (10-4-2) is in sole possession of first place in the A-Sun standings heading into the last game of the 2010 campaign. The Eagles now stand at 7-0-2 in the conference with 23 points and currently own a 12-game unbeaten streak (10-0-2) in league play dating back to last year. The Eagles' seven conference wins tie a program-best that was set in 2007.

The first four-year class in program history can help the Eagles clinch the A-Sun with a win over Stetson before walking off the pitch for the final time. In different scenarios, FGCU can also win the regular season crown with a Jacksonville (11-4-2, 7-1-1 A-Sun) loss at UNF on Friday night; a tie against Stetson and a Jacksonville tie at UNF; or if both Jacksonville and FGCU were to lose the Eagles would still win the title outright.

The duo of senior Lindsay Haw (Palm City, Fla./Martin County HS) and freshman Jenci Villaverde (Palm Bay, Fla./Bayside HS) lead the offense with three goals and three assists each, while junior Olivia Elias (Coral Springs, Fla./American Heritage-Delray) has three goals and two assists on the year. In total, 15 players have tallied a goal this season and 12 own an assist.

The Eagles have posted a program-record 10 shutouts on the season, much in part to the play of junior Stephanie Powers (Seffner, Fla./Armwood HS). She tops the conference with nine shutouts and 0.56 goals against average (GAA). The 10 shutouts rank FGCU tied for sixth in country, while Powers’ GAA is ranked 17th. The Eagles’ own six shutouts in A-Sun action for the first time since the program’s 2007 inaugural season and held their opponents scoreless for 604 minutes before the Lipscomb goal on Sunday.

Earlier in the week, FGCU garnered votes in the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com Southeast Region Rankings for the third straight week. It marked the fourth time in program history that the Eagles have received votes in the regional poll.

The Hatters (7-9-1, 4-4-1 A-Sun) dropped their game on Sunday, 2-1, in overtime to Belmont. Senior Tessa Gavilsky leads Stetson with seven goals and nine assists; good for 23 points which top the A-Sun. Junior Courtney Jenista is also a strong force for the Hatters with six goals and four assists.

Saturday is also Mad Hatter night so fans are encouraged to wear their craziest hat and $1 hot dogs are available for all FGCU students.

Tickets for FGCU’s final game of the season are on sale and can 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. Kids wearing soccer jerseys or an FGCU t-shirt get in free with a paying adult.

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.