Women’s Soccer Prepares for Final Regular Season Road Trip
Thursday, October 04, 2012 | by Matt Judd
Photo by Jim Dostie
Photo by Jim Dostie
FGCU (9-3-2, 4-1-0 A-Sun)
North Florida (5-6-2, 3-0-1 A-Sun)
10/5/2012 | Jacksonville, Fla. | Attendance: 311
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Stats at a GlanceFGCUUNF
Shots (on Goal)11 (5)13 (9)
Corner Kicks56

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Sitting in first place after the opening two weekends of Atlantic Sun play, the FGCU women’s soccer team takes its 4-0 conference record into its final two regular-season away games this weekend against North Florida and Jacksonville.

The Eagles will play North Florida (2-0-1, 4-6-2) Friday night at 7 p.m. followed by a Sunday afternoon matchup vs. Jacksonville (2-0-1, 5-4-2) at 2 p.m.

FGCU (9-2-2, 4-0) leads the conference with 12 points, while Mercer (8-3-2, 2-0-1), Jacksonville and North Florida are all tied for second with seven points. The Green and Blue are the only team in conference play, not to have a loss or a tie. Two wins this weekend would put the Eagles in very good position leading into the final three conference games, which are all at home.

FGCU is 5-0-1 all-time against North Florida and has won the three straight. The Eagles are winless against Jacksonville at 0-2-3 and have tied the Dolphins the previous three meetings.

Since joining the A-Sun in 2007, the Eagles lead the league in conference wins (37), fewest conference losses (9) and most conference ties (8). In their last 25 A-Sun games, FGCU sports a 21-1-3 record with a 64-4 goal differential.

With 11 shutouts in A-Sun play over the past two seasons, FGCU is tied for first in the nation for conference shutouts with Marquette and Stephen F. Austin. The Eagles own 18 overall shutouts in the last two seasons which is tied for 16th most nationally over that span.

Currently No. 47 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Tournament 64 projections, the Eagles are coming off a two-game homestand in which they had a pair of shutouts against Lipscomb, 2-0 and Northern Kentucky, 6-0.

Sophomore Shannen Wacker (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa HS) had an impressive weekend, scoring five goals in two games and picking up multiple national and conference honors. Wacker was named to the Weekly National Team of the Week by TopDrawerSoccer.com and named National and Conference Player of the Week by College Sports Madness and the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Since Sept. 23rd at ETSU, Wacker has scored seven goals in the last three games and has 10 goals on the season, including a program record five game-winners. With her hat trick Sunday, she is now tied for second all-time for goals in a season with Amber McCall (10), who did it back in 2007. Wacker is now only a goal behind the top spot (11) in that category, which was set by Lindsay Haw in 2007. She also currently ranks fourth in the team’s single-season record for points (21). Wacker leads the A-Sun in game-winning goals and is second behind ETSU’s Ramey Kerns in points, and goals this season. In the nation, she ranks 11th in total goals, third in game-winners and 24th in total points.

Freshman Ally Kasun (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield HS) is second behind Wacker in points (15) and is tied for second on the team in assists (7) behind senior Ashley Ciesielczyk (Oregon, Ohio/Clay HS) who leads the A-Sun and is third in the nation with eight. Ciesielczyk now has 26 career assists which puts her in eighth place all-time in A-Sun history. One more assist would move her into a tie for seventh all-time (27).

Freshmen Kaitlin Parker (Palm Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic HS), Shea Rhoney (Lithia, Fla./Newsome HS) and junior Kayley Clay (Cape Coral, Fla./Lynn) have all tallied 11 points this season. Both Parker and Rhoney have four goals and three assists, while Clay has two goals and seven assists.

Freshman keeper Brittany Brown (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena HS) has started the last 11 games in goal for the Eagles, holding an 8-1-2 record on the season and a goals-against average (GAA) of 0.68, which is second-best in the A-Sun and four shutouts, which lead the conference.

North Florida comes into Friday with a 2-0-1 record in their last three games. Last week, the Ospreys tied Jacksonville, 1-1, in their only game of the week. Thea Linkfield and Carolina Lencina both are tied for the team lead in points (11), goals (4) and assists (3). North Florida has beaten A-Sun opponents, Lipscomb, 3-2 and Northern Kentucky, 3-2 in overtime.

Jacksonville is currently riding an unbeaten streak of 3-0-1 in their last four games. Freshman Marie Weckhurst leads the team in points (10) and goals (4) while her older sister, Raquel Weckhurst, is leading the team with four assists. Jill D’Amico has started 10 out of 11 games in goal for the Dolphins, holding a 4-4-2 record and a .708 save percentage. Jacksonville has defeated conference opponents, Northern Kentucky, 2-1 and Lipscomb, 2-1.

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.