9/2/2011 | Fort Myers, Fla. | Attendance: 125
|Stats at a Glance||DUQ||FGCU|
|Shots (on Goal)||9 (3)||15 (8)|
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s soccer team returns home this weekend to face Atlantic 10 foe Duquesne (1-3) on Friday at 7 p.m. at the FGCU Soccer Complex. It marks the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
The Eagles made their first road trip of the season last weekend, coming away with a 2-0 victory against Charlotte and a 2-1 comeback win versus Davidson. FGCU snapped the Wildcats’ 13-game (9-0-4) home unbeaten streak that dated back to Nov. 2, 2008. The Eagles have won two-straight games to improve to 3-1 overall.
“We’re excited to be back home in front of our crowd and the ‘Dirty Birds’,” said head coach Jim Blankenship. “I am proud of Stephanie (Powers) and her play. She was outstanding in goal and the defense has been solid.”
Senior goalkeeper Stephanie Powers (Seffner, Fla./Armwood HS) earned her fourth career Atlantic Sun Defensive Player of the Week accolade after posting 16 saves in two victories last weekend. Powers made a career-high 12 saves in the win against Charlotte and is 3-1 with 23 saves and a 0.75 goals against average this season. Also she was named to the College Soccer 360 Primetime Performers List.
A pair of upperclassmen accounted for both of FGCU’s goals against Charlotte, as junior Danielle Faller (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabethtown Area HS) and senior Amanda Goble (Lutz, Fla./Land O’Lakes HS) each scored for the first time this season in the Green and Blue.
Freshman Melissa Arnold (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek Regional HS) has made an immediate impact for the Eagles this season adding a game-winning goal against Davidson last weekend. Arnold leads the team with two goals and one assist in three games played.
Duquesne continues its recent road-swing after two-straight losses last weekend at the Michigan Invitational. The Dukes have lost three straight overall but finished third in the Atlantic 10 last season. Michelle Mooren and Katie Rust lead the team with one goal apiece.
Tickets can be purchased in-person at the FGCU Ticket Office or by calling 239-590-7145. Tickets will also be on sale at the gate starting one-hour prior to kick-off, but only cash is accepted. FGCU students, faculty and staff get in free with Eagle ID.
Live stats, in-game Twitter updates (@FGCUEagles), box scores and recaps will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com. Kick-off for Friday’s game against Duquesne is slated for 7 p.m.