8/24/2012 | Fort Myers, Fla. | Attendance: 609
|Stats at a Glance||GB||FGCU|
|Shots (on Goal)||10 (7)||13 (6)|
8/26/2012 | Fort Myers, Fla. | Attendance: 117
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|Stats at a Glance||ILS||FGCU|
|Shots (on Goal)||14 (8)||14 (5)|
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Fresh off an opening weekend split, the FGCU women’s soccer team will continue its five-game homestand to start the year by welcoming a trio of schools to the FGCU Soccer Complex for the 6th Annual Embassy Suites Classic. The tournament opens with Illinois State and FAU at 5 p.m., followed by the Eagles taking on Wisconsin-Green Bay at 7 p.m. on Friday.
The schedule continues with a pair of games on Sunday, as FAU takes the pitch with Green Bay at 10 a.m. The Green and Blue close the weekend festivities with a 12 p.m. kickoff against Illinois State. The two contests for the Eagles will mark the first meetings between FGCU and both opposing schools.
Embassy Suites Classic Schedule
Fri. Aug. 24
Illinois State (Away) vs. FAU (Home) - 5:00 p.m.
Green Bay vs. FGCU - 7:00 p.m.
Sun. Aug. 26
FAU (Away) vs. Green Bay (Home) - 10:00 a.m.
Illinois State vs. FGCU - 12:00 p.m.
FGCU opened the 2012 campaign with a convincing 7-0 victory over Lynn University on Friday evening at the FGCU Soccer Complex, as four freshmen combined to score five goals. The Eagles then leveled their record at 1-1 with a loss at the hands of in-state foe No. 12 UCF, 4-0, last Sunday.
With a pair of goals in the season opener with Lynn, freshman Ali Rogers (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast HS) leads the team with four points, while fellow freshman Kaitlin Parker (Palm Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic HS) also netted her first career goal and assisted two others for a four-point collegiate debut. Additionally, sophomore Shannen Wacker (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa HS) picked up her first three points of the year on a goal and an assist in the game, and senior Ashley Ciesielczyk (Oregon, Ohio/Clay HS) tacked on a pair of assists.
Time in net for the Eagles has been split between redshirt freshmen Danielle LeRoy (Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant HS) and freshman Brittany Brown (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena HS), who combined for the season opening shutout. Starting both contests, LeRoy (1-1) has clocked 134 minutes through the opening two games and has registered four saves.
FAU (0-1) travels across Alligator Alley for the weekend competitions following a 1-0 double-overtime home loss to A-Sun member Jacksonville last Friday. Junior forward Brittney Nash is the team’s top returning offensive player, scoring four goals and ranking among the Sun Belt Conference’s leaders with five assists. The team is also solid at goalkeeper, as senior Ashley Lantes has been a two-year starter and ranks second in program history with 246 career saves.
The preseason favorite to repeat as Missouri Valley Conference champions, Illinois State enters the weekend with a 1-0-1 record after a 2-1 victory in the season opener at Southeast Missouri State last Friday and a 1-1 draw in its home opener with Illinois last Sunday. Senior defender Kristin Cooley, junior midfielder Anna Stinson and sophomore forward Rachel Tejada were named to the MVC preseason All-Conference team. Tejada has accounted for all three goals through the opening two games this season. Goalkeeper Aryn Newsom has played both games in net, logging 200 minutes, allowing two goals, and recording 11 saves, including a 10-save effort against Illinois.
Green Bay (0-1) dropped its season opener against South Dakota State, 2-0, in Green Bay, Wisc. last Friday. The Phoenix returns nine of its 11 starters and 17 total letterwinners from the 2011 squad, with underclassmen comprising 23 of the 29 Phoenix players.
Live stats, in-game Twitter updates (@FGCUEagles) and results for each contest of the tournament will be available at www.FGCUAthletics.com.
FGCU season tickets can be purchased in person at the Alico Arena ticket office or by phone at 239-590-7145. Tickets are also available at www.FGCUathletics.com/tickets. The FGCU ticket office is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. from Monday through Friday. An adult ticket is $30, while a youth (3-12 years) ticket is $15. Single game tickets can also be bought at $6 for adults and $3 for youth. Groups of 10+ can get in for $3 a person. FGCU students and faculty/staff get in free with their student ID.
New to the 2012 season, FGCU Athletics is excited to offer the Half-Price Sunday Soccer Punch Pass for both adults and youths. This offer is available now through the ticket office and will be available through September 16. They will also be on sale at the ticket office on soccer gamedays.