FGCU Aims For Second Straight Tournament Title
Saturday, November 03, 2012 | by Matt Judd
Photo by Jim Dostie
Photo by Jim Dostie
Mercer (13-5-3, 6-1-2 A-Sun)
FGCU (14-3-3, 7-1-1 A-Sun)
11/4/2012 | Fort Myers, Fla. | Attendance: 672
1st2nd1OT Final
FGCU92:13KASUN, Ally
MERCROPP, Maggie92:1318
FGCUBROWN, Brittany92:1303
Stats at a GlanceMERFGCU
Shots (on Goal)9 (3)15 (9)
Corner Kicks35
Yellow Cards40
Red Cards20

FORT MYERS, Fla. – After winning 2-0 over fifth-seeded Jacksonville in the tournament semifinals on Friday night, the top-seeded FGCU women’s soccer team (13-3-3, 7-1-1) will play second-seeded Mercer (13-4-3, 6-1-2) in the A-Sun Tournament Championship on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the FGCU Soccer Complex.

Sunday’s A-Sun final will be a rematch of the 2011 championship game also held at the FGCU Soccer Complex in which the Eagles defeated Mercer, 1-0, in the 106th minute of double-overtime on a goal by sophomore Shannen Wacker (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa HS). The Bears advanced to the championship with a 3-0 win over fifth-seeded North Florida.

Currently on a 21-game home unbeaten against A-Sun opponents that includes postseason play, the Eagles will look to become the first team since UCF (2001-03) to win back-to-back tournament championships and the first team to win two-straight tournament championships as the host since UCF did in 1998 and 1999.

FGCU beat Mercer 1-0 on the final day of conference play to win its third-straight regular season title. The Eagles are 6-0-1 all-time against the Bears.

Wacker leads the Eagles in points (25), goals (11) and ranks 10th in the country in game-winning goals (5). Her goal in the semifinal game against Jacksonville put her into a tie for the top spot in FGCU single-season history for goals in a season with Lindsay Haw, who did it back in 2007.

Freshman Ally Kasun (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield HS) is second behind Wacker in points (19), tied for second in goals (6) and third in assists (7). Classmate Shea Rhoney (Lithia, Fla./Newsome HS) is tied with Kasun in goals (6) and is third on the team in points (17). Senior Ashley Ciesielczyk (Oregon, Ohio/Clay HS) leads the A-Sun and is 12th in the country in assists with 10. Junior midfielder Kayley Clay (Cape Coral, Fla./Lynn) is fourth on the team in points (13) and is second in assists (9).

Freshman Brittany Brown (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena HS) has started the last 17 games in goal for the Eagles, holding an 12-2-3 record on the season and a goals-against average (GAA) of 0.61, which is second-best in the A-Sun and leads the conference in shutouts with eight.

The Bears went 6-1-2 in the A-Sun this year to earn with its only loss coming at the hands of FGCU on the final day of the regular. Keeper Maggie Cropp leads the nation with a 0.24 GAA and a .930 save percentage. Lauren Gassie leads the Bears in points (18) and assists (6) and is tied for the team lead with Tess Patton and Danielle Hesse in goals (6).

Live stats and video will be available at www.FGCUATHLETICS.COM. You can also get in-game updates through twitter @FGCUEagles and @FGCU_WSoccer.

Tickets are also available at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com/tickets or by calling (239) 590-7145. 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 get in free with their student ID.