Regular Season Champs pick up second consecutive weekly honor
FORT MYERS, Fla. – After helping lead FGCU to its program-record 11th shutout and it first-ever A-Sun title with a 4-0 win against Stetson on Saturday, women’s soccer redshirt junior KC Correllus (Merritt Island, Fla./Satellite HS/Florida State) earned her first career Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Week award on Monday.
The award comes one week after Kat Hunter (Safety Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic HS) earned the same honor after scoring a penalty kick against Lipscomb.
A two-time All-Conference selection, Correllus is the center defender in a backline who limited Stetson to just four shots en route to FGCU’s 4-0 win over the Hatters to claim the A-Sun regular season title. She continuously shuts down scoring opportunities and has limited conference opponents to just two goals in league play.
Entering the game against Stetson two points behind Jacksonville (8-1-1) in the A-Sun standings and faced with a must-win situation in order to win the title, the Eagles took a 1-0 lead into the half and poured in three goals in the second half to surpass the Dolphins by one point. The Eagles finished with 26 points, while Jacksonville had 25.
The dominating defensive effort was a fitting end to the season for a veteran backline that posted a program-record 11 shutouts en route to a conference title. FGCU shutout eight of its 10 A-Sun opponents this year, out-scoring them 17-2.
Despite winning the A-Sun regular season, FGCU cannot compete in the conference postseason tournament due to the NCAA reclassifying period. FGCU will be eligible for postseason play in 2011.