FORT MYERS, Fla. – After finishing the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 0-0 draw against No. 15 UCF over the weekend, the FGCU women’s soccer team garnered votes in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Southeast Region Rankings, announced Tuesday.
This is the third time in the program’s five-year history that the Eagles have received votes.
Led by senior goalkeeper Stephanie Powers (Seffner, Fla./Armwood HS), FGCU kept UCF off the scoreboard after Powers turned away six shots to earn her third shutout of the season. She was named A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week, for the second time this season. The Eagles begin conference play with a 5-3-1 record.
The Eagles are receiving great play from its defense as redshirt senior KC Correllus (Merritt Island, Fla./Satellite HS/Florida State), redshirt senior Kat Hunter (Safety Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic HS), junior Jennifer Crittenberger (Lighthouse Point, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons HS) and redshirt junior Ashley Ciesielczyk (Oregon, Ohio./Clay HS) all combined to play the entire 110 minutes against UCF.
Topping the Southeast Region rankings is Duke. Wake Forest took the second spot this week with North Carolina and Florida State in the third and fourth spots, respectively. Maryland, Boston College and Virginia tied in the fifth spot.
FGCU is now preparing for its A-Sun opening weekend against North Florida (4-5-1) and Jacksonville (4-4-1). The A-Sun opener against the Ospreys kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday at the FGCU Soccer Complex, while Sunday’s match versus the Dolphins is slated for 1 p.m.
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.
NSCAA Southeast Region Rankings (September 20, 2011)
1. Duke University (9-1)
2. Wake Forest University (8-1)
3. University of North Carolina (6-1)
4. Florida State University (7-3)
T-5. University of Maryland (7-1-2)
T-5. Boston College (6-0-2)
T-5 University of Virginia (7-2-1)
8. Virginia Tech (8-2)
8. University of Miami (7-1)
10. North Carolina State University (8-2)
Also receiving votes: FGCU