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Women’s Soccer Opens UMKC Tournament With Shutout of Tulsa, 1-0
|FGCU||28:21||PARKER, Kaitlin (CIESIELCZYK, Ashley , RHONEY, Shea)|
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||TLS|
|Shots (on Goal)||8 (4)||9 (6)|
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Freshman Kaitlin Parker’s (Palm Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic HS) goal in the 28th minute proved to be the difference as the Florida Gulf Coast University women’s soccer team shuts out Tulsa, 1-0 in the opening match of the UMKC tournament on Friday night.
The Eagles came up with the game-winner when Parker was fed a pass into the middle by classmate Shea Rhoney (Lithia, Fla./Newsome HS) and redshirt senior Ashley Ciesielczyk (Oregon, Ohio/Clay HS) for the only goal of the game. With the assist, Ciesielczyk becomes the all-time assist leader at FGCU with 23.
“It was a great result on the road and I’m pleased with the performance,” said head coach Jim Blankenship. “Tulsa is a quality team and it’s a great win for us. I really feel the defense is getting better and better each game and I liked how they kept their composure.”
The Eagles move to 4-1-1 on the season while Tulsa drops to 4-2. The shutout is the second straight and the third overall for the Green and Blue.
The game got off to a slow start with Tulsa committing five straight fouls in the first 20 minutes. Tulsa had the first scoring opportunity in the 27th minute but FGCU freshman goalkeeper Brittany Brown (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena HS) was able to come up with the save.
FGCU built off Brown’s big save coming up with what proved to be the game winner at 28:21 off the foot of Parker. It was the second of the year for Parker and the 10th goal scored by an FGCU freshmen this season.
The two shots in the first half were the only opportunities both teams had as FGCU took a 1-0 lead into the half.
The Golden Hurricanes got out to a fast start in the second half with four quick shots. Claire Hulcer was able to get two shots off but missed wide both times and Brown made saves on the other two.
In the first 15 minutes of play in the second half, Tulsa fired six shots and Brown had to make saves on all three on net. Brown came up with six saves total in the game.
Ciesielczyk and frehman Ally Kasun (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield HS) had scoring opportunities early in the second half but Tulsa’s goalkeeper Hayley Harryman was able to make stops on both shots.
The Eagles played the final 13 minutes 11 vs. 10 when Tulsa’s Raven Tatum was given a red card in the 77th minute.
Neither team came up with a goal in the final 13 minutes, as FGCU lengthened its unbeaten streak to four games (3-0-1).
The Green and Blue will be back in action Sunday when they face Atlantic 10 foe Saint Louis in the UMKC Tournament finale. The game is schedule to begin at noon EST.