FORT MYERS, Fla. – On Thursday, TopDrawerSoccer.com released its list of Atlantic Sun Conference Top 20 Players to Watch. The FGCU women’s soccer team landed a league-best five players on the list, led by redshirt senior defender KC Correllus (Merritt Island, Fla./Satellite), who came in at No. 1 overall.
The Eagles increased their total from a season ago and joining Correllus on the list were senior Stephanie Powers (Seffner, Fla./Armwood HS), redshirt junior Ashley Ciesielczyk (Oregon, Ohio./Clay HS), senior Olivia Elias (Coral Springs, Fla./American-Heritage-Delray HS) and redshirt senior Kat Hunter (Safety Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic HS).
Correllus earned the top spot on the list picked as the No. 1 player in the conference. She was named the Atlantic Sun Conference Preseason Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. She was one of three unanimous selections to the A-Sun Preseason All-Conference team, as FGCU was not only tabbed the favorite to win the regular season, but also the postseason tournament. Last season, she came in at No. 5 on the rankings and early this year was named to TopDrawerSoccer’s Top 100 players in Division I coming in at No. 98. In eight games this season Correllus has continued her stellar play in the back contributing to two shutouts.
Powers was next on the list earning the No. 3 spot as the top goalkeeper in the Atlantic Sun. She was named to the A-Sun Preseason All-Conference team and has posted 41 saves, including two shutouts this season. Her 41 saves ranks 24th in the nation and her 742 minutes logged in net good for 21st in the country. The Seffner, Fla., native has already claimed A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week honors and was named to the College Soccer 360 Primetime Performers list this season.
Ciesielczyk rounded out the top 10 list coming in at No. 7 giving the Eagles three players in the Top 10. The Oregon, Ohio, native has one goal and a team-leading four assists in eight games played this season. Last week she helped the Eagles earn a 3-2 comeback win against FIU, providing two assists in the second half. Her four assists rank 30th in the nation and she helped the defense earn two shutouts on the year.
Coming in at No. 11 was Elias who also was named to the A-Sun Preseason All-Conference team. Last season, she was named to the NSCAA/Performance Subaru All-South Region third team and earned a spot on the A-Sun All-Conference first team. The Coral Springs, Fla., native scored her first goal in the first game of the season against Eastern Washington. Last week she earned an assist on the game-winning goal against FIU in a 3-2 victory.
Lastly, the Eagles’ Hunter was No. 16 on the list giving FGCU two of the four top defenders in the A-Sun. Last season, she was named to the A-Sun All-Conference second team after helping produce a program-record 11 shutouts. The Safety Harbor, Fla., native is the team-captain and has helped contribute to two shutouts on defense this season.
FGCU is currently 5-3 on the season. This weekend the Eagles head to Orlando to take on No. 15 UCF on Sunday at 1 p.m.
College Players to Watch Women’s Top 20 – Atlantic Sun
1. KC Correllus, D - FGCU
2. Katrina Frost, MF - Kennesaw State
3. Stephanie Powers, GK - FGCU
4. Olivia Tucker, MF - Mercer
5. Liz Fink, MF - Jacksonville
6. Jenna Caudle, F - ETSU
7. Ashley Ciesielczyk, F/D - FGCU
8. Alyssa Mahan, F - Kennesaw State
9. Jessica Hurtado, MF - Jacksonville
10. Alexis Hermosa, MF - Stetson
11. Olivia Elias, MF - FGCU
12. Brittany Vining, MF - Kennesaw State
13. Lauren Hopfensperger, F - North Florida
14. Nicole Calder, D - Kennesaw State
15. Gretchen Sutch, D - Belmont
16. Kathleen Hunter, D - FGCU
17. Caitlin Gaughan, GK - ETSU
18. Emerald Phillips, F - Mercer
19. Carolina Lencina, F - North Florida
20. Meghan McGuire, F - Lipscomb