FORT MYERS, Fla. – After winning the program’s first-ever Atlantic Sun Championship in the fall, FGCU women’s soccer head coach Jim Blankenship announced the signing of two more student-athletes to National Letters of Intent (NLI) to the 2012 class on Tuesday.
Incoming freshmen center midfielder Sofia Fors (Uppsala, Sweden) and goalkeeper Emily Dolan (Wilmington, Delaware/Charter School of Wilmington) will begin play in fall 2012.
“We are excited about the opportunity to add such high level players so late in the recruiting process,” said Blankenship. “Both come with high accolades after being very successful on the field. Our expectation is that they will contribute right away for us.”
Fors, a native of Uppsala, Sweden comes to FGCU with a wealth of international playing experience. In 2008, Fors was called on to represent her country on the Swedish U16 National team and has earned a steady starting position on the U17 and U19 national teams. An early highlight in her international playing career came in 2009 when she was named captain of the U17 National Team. Fors has also been a staple on the first team at Danmarks IF, which plays in the Swedish first division (Norrettan), accumulating 57 starts from 2008 to 2010. Following a merger between her club and Sirius DFF in 2011, Fors has continued to have a major impact, starting in 17 matches and helping guide her new club (Danmak/Sirius DFF) to a league title and a promotion back to the first division.
Dolan comes to FGCU from Wilmington, DE, where she was a four-year varsity letter-winner and senior captain at the Charter School of Wilmington. Between the pipes, Dolan has helped lead her high school team to a pair of state semi-Finals (2009-10) and state finals in 2011. She has also played for the Kirkwood SC Freedom for the past eight years, garnering five consecutive Delaware State Cup Championships and becoming Youth Soccer National Director's Cup Champions in 2008. Dolan has also lettered in swimming all four years at the Charter School of Wilmington and was named captain during her senior year. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and intends to major in nursing at FGCU.
FGCU women’s soccer team ended the 2011 campaign with a program-best 14-5-2 overall record and an impressive 7-1-1 A-Sun mark, claiming back-to-back A-Sun regular season titles and earning their first-ever A-Sun tournament championship. FGCU won the championship off a dramatic goal in double-overtime sending the Eagles into the NCAA Championship for the first time in program history. Setting a new school record for shutouts with 12 on the season, the Green and Blue also landed five All-Conference first team selections and a pair of second team and All-Freshmen picks.