FORT MYERS, Fla. – One day after capturing their first-ever Atlantic Sun Conference Championship, the FGCU women’s soccer team (14-4-2, 7-1-1 A-Sun) learned of its first round destination Monday night amidst plenty of supporters at the Naples Flatbread restaurant at the Miromar Outlets. FGCU will face SEC power Florida (16-7, 7-4 SEC) on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the opening round at the James G. Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.
The Eagles and Florida will be facing each other for the second time this season after the Gators defeated FGCU, 5-0, back on Sept. 11 at James G. Pressly Stadium. The loss fueled the Green and Blue to start a streak of nine straight shutouts beginning on Sept. 18 through Oct. 21. The Eagles didn’t allow another goal for 908 minutes before giving up a goal against Belmont on Oct. 23.
FGCU earned the A-Sun’s automatic bid into the field of 64 after taking down Mercer, 1-0, in double-overtime on Sunday. The Eagles became the first FGCU team to reach the NCAA tournament since becoming postseason eligible back on August 12. The Gators fell just short in the SEC final losing 3-2 against Auburn. Florida is led by junior Erika Tymrak, who has 12 goals and six assists on the season.
Freshman Shannen Wacker’s (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa HS) goal in the 107th minute of double-overtime gave the Eagles a 1-0 win over sixth-seeded Mercer in the Atlantic Sun Championship game on Sunday afternoon at the FGCU Soccer Complex.
The golden goal was setup by a ball sent into senior Gina Petracco (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot HS), who headed a pass to Wacker on the left side of the goal box. The pass hit Wacker in stride, as she sent a one-touch shot into the right corner of the net to bring the crowd of 1,026 fans to their feet and the FGCU bench onto the field.
FGCU stands at 14-4-2 on the season, increasing the program record for single-season wins.
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Fans are encouraged to stay tuned to www.FGCUAthletics.com for updates on Saturday’s game in Gainesville and the 2011 NCAA tournament.