Women’s Soccer Set For A-Sun Home Opening Weekend
Thursday, September 27, 2012 | by Matt Judd
Lipscomb (2-7-2, 0-3 A-Sun)
FGCU (8-2-2, 3-0 A-Sun)
9/28/2012 | Fort Myers, Fla. | Attendance: 503
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – After a 2-0 Atlantic Sun Conference opening weekend, the FGCU women’s soccer team prepares to host its first home league games against Lipscomb and Northern Kentucky at the FGCU Soccer Complex this Friday and Sunday.

The Eagles will host Lipscomb Friday night at 7 p.m. after a lengthy six-game road swing which saw the Green and Blue go 4-1-1. FGCU will come back Sunday afternoon to the FGCU Soccer Complex to take on league newest member, Northern Kentucky at 1 p.m.

Since joining the A-Sun in 2007, the Green and Blue are 3-1-1 in A-Sun home openers. With a win Friday night, FGCU would move to 3-0 in A-Sun play to start conference action, which would be a new program record. The Eagles started A-Sun play with a 2-0 record in 2007 and 2009.

FGCU is also 4-0-1 all-time against Lipscomb and Sunday’s game will be the first-ever matchup between the Eagles and Northern Kentucky.

Since joining the A-Sun in 2007, the Eagles lead the league in conference wins (35), fewest conference losses (9) and most conference ties (8). In their last 23 A-Sun games, FGCU sports a 19-1-3 record with a 56-4 goal differential.

Currently No. 49 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Tournament 64 projections, the Eagles are coming off a road trip where they went to USC Upstate and ETSU for their first conference action of the year. FGCU shutout USC Upstate, 2-0, Friday night and had a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over ETSU Sunday afternoon.

Sophomore Shannen Wacker (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa HS) leads the club with a team-high five goals and is tied with freshman Ally Kasun (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield HS) with a team-best 11 points. Wacker leads the team with three game-winning goals and is currently ranked 24th in the nation in that category, while Kasun has tallied three goals and five assists this season. Senior defender Ashley Ciesielczyk (Oregon, Ohio/Clay HS) and junior Kayley Clay (Cape Coral, Fla./Lynn) each have a team-high six assists and freshman Shea Rhoney (Lithia, Fla./Newsome HS) has contributed 10 points (4 goals, 2 assists) in her first season. Both Ciesielczyk and Clay are tied for second in the A-Sun for assists and ranked 12th in the country for total assists and 29th in assists per game.

The reigning A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week, freshman keeper Brittany Brown (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena HS) has started the last nine games in goal for the Eagles, holding a 6-1-2 record on the season and a goals-against average (GAA) of 0.80, which is second-best in the A-Sun. She leads the A-Sun in shutouts (3), ranks second in save percentage (.849) and is third in total saves (45).

Lipscomb enters Friday with a 2-6-2 record and is 0-2 in A-Sun play. Last week, the Bisons went 0-2 in the opening weekend of A-Sun play with losses to North Florida and Jacksonville. Sophomore Baylee Linnell leads the Bisons with a team-high four goals and nine points. Classmate Karli Crosby has tallied a team-high two assists for the Bisons over 10 games played. Senior Erin Zerio has played every minute in net for Lipscomb and has a 2-6-2 record with three shutouts and a .795 GAA. Zerio is second in the A-Sun in saves (62) and saves per game (6.2) and is tied for the most shutouts (3) with Brown.

Northern Kentucky is currently 3-7 in their first season of Division I play. In their first two A-Sun games, the Norse dropped a 2-1 game to Jacksonville and were defeated 3-2 in overtime against North Florida. Martha Stabb leads the Norse with a team-high seven points and three goals. Allison Ponzer leads the club with a team-high four assists.

Live stats will be available for each game at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com. You can also get in-game updates through twitter @FGCUEagles and fans can also get women’s soccer updates from around the Atlantic Sun and the nation by using the hashtags #ASUNWSOC and #D1WSOC.

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.