Women's Soccer Puts Together Soccer Clinic on FGCU Campus
Monday, April 30, 2012 | by Justin Glover (@Jglove3)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women's soccer team recently put together a soccer clinic with the Naples’ Sharks Soccer Club on April 12 at the FGCU Soccer Complex.   

In a move to help develop the local youth players from one of the longest standing soccer clubs in southwest Florida, the Eagles mixed in with players age 10-18 to help show them the skill it takes to make it at the NCAA Division I level. 

From technical development to tactical education, each of the youth players were exposed to a higher level of training.  The youth players’ enthusiasm increased throughout the night and when they got the chance to mix in with the college players, they showed the entire group a true passion and enjoyment in the moment that is rarely seen outside of the athletics arena. 

The Eagles hope to have all the players from the Sharks return to campus this summer for Coach Jim Blankenship’s Elite Soccer Camps as well as in the fall for their next run at another A-Sun Conference Championship. 

Don’t forget to check out the 2012 Eagles Soccer Camps, where Blankenship and his staff will hold their Jr. Elite Camp (June 11-14), Day Camp (June 18-22) and Elite Camp (July 19-22) at the FGCU Soccer Complex. For more information please visit the camp website at www.fgcusoccer.com

Blankenship guided FGCU to its first ever Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament Championship and the university’s first ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011. On the strength of the program’s best record to date, 14-5-2 overall record and 7-1-1 A-Sun mark, the Green and Blue also claimed their second straight regular season title. FGCU recorded 12 shutouts during its 2011 campaign and allowed only one goal in conference play during the regular season. Under Blankenship’s tutelage, nine Eagles were named to A-Sun All-Conference teams in 2011, including the conference defensive player of the year, five first-team selections, two second-team selections and two all-freshmen honorees.