FORT MYERS, Fla. – After improving their record to 5-1-1 last week, the Florida Gulf Coast University women’s soccer team has been ranked 10th in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tire Southeast Regional Ranking, announced Tuesday.
This is the first time in program history that the Eagles have been ranked in the Southeast Regional poll. The Green and Blue have received votes on three occasions in the programs first five years of existence.
FGCU went 2-0 last week with wins over Tulsa and St. Louis at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Tournament.
Freshman Shea Rhoney (Lithia, Fla./Newsome HS) leads the Eagles with a team-high eight points and is tied for the team lead in goals (3). Sophomore Shannen Wacker (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa HS) has three goals and an assist on the year and is tied for the team lead in goals with Rhoney. Senior defender Ashley Ciesielczyk (Oregon, Ohio/Clay HS) has tallied a team-high five assists in seven games for the Eagles and is currently 10th in the nation in total assists.
Freshman keeper Brittany Brown (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena HS) has started the last five games in goal for the Eagles, holding a 4-0-1 record on the season with a 0.70 goals-against average.
Topping the Southeast Regional rankings is Florida State at 6-0-0. Boston College took the second spot with Duke and Virginia Tech securing the third and fourth spots respectively.
FGCU will be back in action Friday when they travel to Flagstaff, Ariz. to play in the Northern Arizona University Tournament. The Eagles begin play at 10 p.m. EST against host Northern Arizona on Friday and then finish up Sunday when they take on UNLV at 1 p.m. EST.