FORT MYERS, Fla. – After multiple weather delays and more than 100 minutes of play, junior forward Jessica Swartzentruber’s (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota Christian HS) goal in the 102nd minute of the second overtime gave the FGCU women’s soccer team a 1-0 victory against Duquesne on a rainy Friday night at FGCU Soccer Complex.
The win gives the Eagles their third straight victory, while improving to 4-1 overall on the young season.
"We played well tonight and it was a really exciting game," said head coach Jim Blankenship. "It was a great goal by Swartzentruber to end it. Our defense came up big tonight and (Stephanie) Powers was huge for us again tonight."
Swartzentruber scored the golden goal off a deflection from the Dukes’ goalkeeper Devon Tabata as she put home the rebound for the game winner. Freshman Melissa Arnold (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek Regional HS) made the initial cross and was credited with her second assist on the season.
FGCU and Duquesne played only three minutes before both teams were forced to leave the field and seek shelter due to lightning. The players waited out the rain and restarted play at 8:45 p.m.
The teams battled for position much throughout the first half. With about 14 minutes remaining in the first half, FGCU’s Arnold had a great chance to score but her shot was stopped by Dukes’ keeper Tabata.
In the second half both teams each had opportunities to score but the game remained scoreless at the end of regulation.
The Eagles finished regulation edging Duquesne in shots 12-8, with senior goalkeeper Stephanie Powers (Seffner, Fla./Armwood HS) making three saves on the night.
FGCU had an opportunity to end the game in the first overtime after freshman Shannen Wacker(Parker, Colorado/Ponderosa HS) hit the post and it was quickly cleared by the Dukes’ defense.
The Blue and Green take to the pitch on Tuesday against ACC foe Miami at 7 p.m. at the FGCU Soccer Complex. Tickets are on sale and can be 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. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for youth (Ages 3-18). Admission for FGCU faculty and staff along with students is free.