Ciesielczyk Named College Soccer 360 Primetime Performer
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 | by Matt Judd
Photo by Jim Dostie
Photo by Jim Dostie

FORT MYERS, Fla. – FGCU women’s soccer senior defender Ashley Ciesielczyk (Oregon, Ohio/Clay HS) has been named a Primetime Performer by College Soccer 360 (CS360), announced by the media outlet on Tuesday.

Ciesielczyk helped the Eagles win their third straight Atlantic Sun Conference regular season title this past weekend with her play against Kennesaw State and Mercer. Part of a backline that posted two shutouts and allowed just 10 shots, Ciesielczyk alco recorded an assist on the game-winning goal against Mercer, which clinched the Eagles’ third A-Sun crown and No. 1 seed and host duties for 2012 A-Sun Tournament

The Eagles won the conference regular season title with 22 points (12-3-3, 7-1-1) over Mercer who finished with 20 points (12-4-3, 6-1-2).

The assist was the 28th of Ciesielczyk’s career, adding to her already program record and ranking her tied for seventh all-time in the A-Sun. Her 28 assists help her rank fourth all-time in FGCU with 40 points.

The award for Ciesielczyk marks the third time an FGCU women’s soccer player has been honored by College Soccer 360 after sophomore Shannen Wacker (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa HS) and former goalkeeper and current volunteer assistant Stephanie Powers (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) made the list last year.

Selection for the CS360 weekly awards is based on any/all of the following "primetime" criteria:

• Must have been playing in a game involving a top-50 team from the CS360 Composite National Rankings (or in a game involving a preseason conference favorite/leader), or performed at a high level in a game that is key to the team's postseason qualification/participation.

• In general, preference is given based on the quality of the opponent and situational factors involved in the player's accomplishments.

• Exhibited strong leadership and/or involved in clutch performances, such as game-winning goals, noteworthy comebacks, late scores, momentum-shifting play, team spirit, etc.

• Overcame adversity or extreme circumstances (for the team and/or individual).

• Bonus consideration is given for key performances away from team's home field.

The Green and Blue will face the winner of the ETSU/Jacksonville matchup in the semifinals of the A-Sun Tournament Friday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Both semifinal games and the championship on Nov. 4 will be hosted by FGCU.

Jackie Alyinovich, Northwestern (So., D)
Alex Arlitt, LSU (So., MF/D)
Cortlyn Bristol, William & Mary (Sr., M)
Ashley Ciesielczyk, FGCU (R-Sr., D)
Julie Eckel, Tennessee (So, GK)
Paige Elliott, Lehigh (Fr., D)
Sydney Hoareau, IPFW (So., MF)
Taylor Houck, Villanova (R-Jr., D)
Brittany Jagger, Loyola Marymount (R-Jr., GK)
Emily Lillard, Miami (So., GK)
Stephanie McCaffery, Boston College (So., F)
Eloa Nascimento, St. Francis, PA (So., MF/F)
Katherine Rodriguez, UNC Greensboro (Fr., F)
Ali Stahlke, Western Kentucky (Sr., D)
Katie Stengel, Wake Forest (Jr., F)
Laura Sadler, Stephen F. Austin (Sr., F)
Rachel Wood, UC Irvine (R-Sr., D)
Courtney Zanotti, Miami, Ohio (So., D)