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Tuesday, September 27, 2011 | by Mark Griffin (Press Publications)
Photo by Jim Dostie
Photo by Jim Dostie

Fifth-year Florida Gulf Coast University women's soccer coach Jim Blankenship does not like to give up goals.

A year ago the Eagles allowed just nine goals in more than 18 games en route to capturing their first Atlantic Sun Conference championship. This season, FGCU has given up 12 goals while going 5-3-1. Keep in mind, however, that the fledgling program – it's only been around for five years – is taking on the big players in women's soccer, such as the University of Florida and Syracuse University.

On Sept. 18 in Orlando, the Eagles held 15th-ranked Central Florida scoreless in a 0-0 double-overtime tie.