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Powers and Petracco Highlight A-Sun Postseason Honors
FORT MYERS, Fla. – After leading FGCU to its second straight Atlantic Sun regular season title, 10 women’s soccer players picked up postseason honors on Thursday, highlighted by seniors Stephanie Powers’ (Seffner, Fla./Armwood HS) Defensive Player of the Year honor and Gina Petracco’s (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot HS) Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, announced by the league office. The A-Sun All-Conference teams are voted on by the conference head coaches.
“This group is well deserved and I am very proud of them,” said head coach Jim Blankenship, who has led FGCU to a 33-8-8 record in five seasons in the A-Sun. “To have so many players honored shows the hard work we have been putting in this season and it’s a great thing to get recognized by the coaches in our conference.”
FGCU put five seniors on the All-Conference first team, including unanimous choice KC Correllus (Merritt Island, Fla./Satellite HS/Florida State), midfielder Olivia Elias (Coral Springs, Fla./American Heritage-Delray HS), defender Kat Hunter (Safety Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic HS), joining Powers and Petracco. Redshirt junior defender Ashley Ciesielczyk (Oregon, Ohio/Clay HS) and junior midfielder Danielle Faller (Elizabethtown, Pa./Elizabeth Area HS) picked up second team honors. Freshman forward Shannen Wacker (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa HS) and midfielder Melissa Arnold (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek Regional HS) landed spots on the All-Freshmen team.
Also for the first time this year the A-Sun honored an Academic All-Conference team with Petracco and junior Jennifer Crittenberger (Lighthouse Point, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons HS) landing on the in-augural list. Petracco was a unanimous choice and was chosen as the Scholar Athlete of the Year after earning a 4.0 GPA in public relations, voted on by the conference Sports Information Directors. Petracco is on track to become FGCU’s first 4.0 student-athlete. Crittenberger has played all 18 games for the Green and Blue, helping an FGCU backline produce a league-best 11 shutouts. Her 3.75 GPA in accounting earned her a spot on the in-augural A-Sun Academic All-Conference team.
Picked as a unanimous first team goalkeeper, Powers earns her first-ever Defensive Player of the Year award giving FGCU back-to-back winners of the award Correllus was honored last season. She is now a four-time All-Conference keeper, as she earned All-Freshmen honors (08’), second team (09’) and a first team selection in 2010. The Seffner, Fla., native has posted a league-best 0.70 goals against average and 11 shutouts. Her streak of 908 minutes without allowing a goal from Sept. 18 through October 21 is equally impressive. She ends her regular season career with 30 shutouts placing her first all-time in the A-Sun record books.
Correllus has earned postseason accolades for the fourth-time, as she was named the first player in Atlantic Sun history to earn both Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2010. The native of Merritt Island, Fla., is the center defender in a backline who helped limit conference opponents to just one goal in league play and 11 shutouts en route to the league title. Correllus helped limit every conference opponent to 10 shots or less and limited A-Sun Player of the Year Genna Petersen to just one shot.
After posting a career-high in points and goals, Elias earned her second straight first team selection after landing on the first team in 2010. She is second on the team with six goals and third in points with 16, including a two-goal game against ETSU to help the Eagles earn the No. 1 seed in the A-Sun tournament. The Coral Springs, Fla., native scored five goals in her last five conference games to finish the season while leading the team with three game-winning goals.
Joining Elias on the first team, classmate Petracco earns her first postseason honor after leading the team with seven goals and ranking second in points with 17. She finished the conference season with six goals and a team high 15 points, including two multi-goal games against UNF and USC Upstate. The Fort Myers, Fla., native also added the game-winning goal against FIU in a 3-2 comeback victory and the third goal against ETSU.
Rounding out the first team honors, Hunter earns her third postseason accolade after earning an A-Sun second team nod last season. The Safety Harbor, Fla., product was part of an FGCU backline that held a streak of nine-straight shutouts from Sept. 18-Oct. 21 and produced a league-best 11 shutouts. She scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win against Stetson and started every game but one on defensive.
The Eagles landed two players on the All-Conference second team with Ciesielczyk earning her first postseason award after leading the conference in assists with 12. Her 12 assists rank fourth in the nation as she leads the team with 18 points, which is fourth in the A-Sun. The Oregon, Ohio, native had two three-assist games against UNF and USC Upstate.
Joining Ciesielczyk on the second team, Faller picked up her second postseason accolade after being named Freshman of the Year following the 2009 season. She finished the regular season with two goals and two assists. A leader in the midfield, Faller added a goal and an assist against USC Upstate and had the game-winning assist against Lipscomb in a 1-0 victory.
Lastly, Wacker and Arnold were named to the A-Sun All-Freshmen team after both contributed in their first seasons with the Eagles. Wacker played every game, finishing with one goal and four assists. She added the eventual game-winning goal against UNF and she picked up two assists against USC Upstate. Arnold started nine games at midfielder, contributing four goals and three assists during her first season. She scored the game-winning goal against Davidson in a 2-1 win and added a goal against USC Upstate.
FGCU topped all teams with seven All-Conference selections with Jacksonville in second with five. ETSU’s head coach Adam Sayers earned Coach of the Year after leading the Buccaneers to a share of the A-Sun regular season title and ETSU’s Genna Petersen and Jenna Caudle were named Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, respectively.
The Green and Blue finished the regular season with a 12-4-2 record and a 7-1-1 mark in the A-Sun. The Eagles are going into their first-ever post-season tournament as the No. 1 seed and will host the A-Sun semifinals and championship game at the FGCU Soccer Complex. FGCU will play the winner of the quarterfinal game between fifth-seeded North Florida at fourth-seeded Belmont. The Eagles will host the winner at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, while the 4 p.m. game will feature ETSU vs. the winner of sixth-seeded Mercer at third-seeded Jacksonville.
Player of the Year: Genna Petersen, ETSU
Defensive Player of the Year: Stephanie Powers, FGCU
Coach of the Year: Adam Sayers, ETSU
Freshman of the Year: Jenna Caudle, ETSU
*Stephanie Powers, FGCU - GK
*KC Correllus, FGCU - D
Emily Culbreth, Jacksonville – D
Kathleen Hunter, FGCU – D
Liz Fink, Jacksonville – MF
Olivia Elias, FGCU – MF
Genna Petersen, ETSU – MF
Olivia Tucker, Mercer – MF
Jenna Caudle, ETSU – F
Carolina Lencina, UNF – F
Gina Petracco, FGCU – F
* Unanimous Choice
Nicole Berner, Belmont – GK
Alexis Hermosa, Stetson – D
Ashley Ciesielczyk, FGCU – D
Gretchen Sutch, Belmont – D
P.A. Upson, Mercer – D
Danielle Faller, FGCU – MF
Jessica Hurtado, Jacksonville – MF
Collen O’Kennedy, Stetson – MF
Katie Scott, Kennesaw State – MF
Lauren Hopfensperger, North Florida – F
Kaitlyn Bassett, Jacksonville – F
Katrina Frost, Kennesaw State - F
**- A tie in voting resulted in a 12-person all-conference second team
*Katrina Frost, Kennesaw State - F
*Jenna Caudle, ETSU - F
Kaitlyn Bassett, Jacksonville - F
Brittany Rupple, Lipscomb - D
Shannen Wacker, FGCU - F
Washida Blackman, Mercer - F
Michelle Calmeyn, USC Upstate - F
Jewelia Strickland, Kennesaw State - D
Melissa Arnold, FGCU - F
Morgan Campbell, Stetson - D
Allison Alcott, Belmont - D
* Unanimous Choice
Academic All-Conference Team
Caitlin Gaughan, ETSU - GK 3.77 GPA
Sarah Plantz, USC Upstate - GK 3.95 GPA
Jennifer Crittenberger, FGCU – D, 3.75 GPA
Morgan McBride, Belmont – D, 3.9 GPA
*Kathryne Husted, North Florida – D, 3.9 GPA
Gretchen Sutch, Belmont – D, 3.76 GPA
Danielle Bethke, Lipscomb – MF, 4.0 GPA
Lucy Goffe, ETSU – MF, 3.94 GPA
Becca Massip, Jacksonville – MF, 3.9 GPA
Genna Petersen, ETSU – MF, 3.3 GPA
Denisse Soltero, North Florida – MF, 3.8 GPA
Crossley Simmons, Stetson – MF, 3.73 GPA
Olivia Tucker, Mercer – MF 3.5, GPA
Kristen Keikkinen, Lipscomb – F, 4.0 GPA
*Gina Petracco, FGCU – F, 4.0 GPA
* Unanimous Choice
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Gina Petracco, FGCU – F