10/11/2013 | Fort Myers, Fla. | Attendance: 450
|Stats at a Glance||ETSU||FGCU|
|Shots (on Goal)||10 (5)||26 (10)|
10/13/2013 | Fort Myers, Fla. | Attendance: 278
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|Stats at a Glance||UPST||FGCU|
|Shots (on Goal)||1 (0)||30 (22)|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The FGCU women’s soccer team (8-3-2, 3-0-1 Atlantic Sun) will host the final two homes games of the 2013 regular season this weekend when the team welcomes ETSU (6-5-1, 2-1-0 A-Sun) at 7 p.m. on Friday and USC Upstate (3-6-3, 0-2-1 A-Sun) at 1 p.m. on Sunday. Prior to Sunday’s match, the Eagles will hold senior day ceremonies, honoring Kayley Clay (Cape Coral, Fla./Bishop Verot HS/Lynn University) and Casey Towne (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Lander Univ.).
Friday night will serve as the annual “Kick Pink” night for breast cancer awareness with “FGCU Supports the Cure” t-shirts available for $10. All proceeds will be going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and with each purchase fans will receive a free pink rally towel.
The Eagles currently lead the A-Sun with their 3-0-1 record. No other team can boast a zero in the loss column with only Kennesaw State able to show three victories. FGCU’s eight goals are second-best among its conference foes behind ETSU (11). Since the 2010 season, FGCU is 25-2-5 in A-Sun regular-season play and 15-0-1 at home in that same timespan.
Last Time Out
Last weekend the Eagles went 1-0-1 in their pair of games on the road. Beginning at Northern Kentucky last Friday, the Green and Blue used a 25-8 shot advantage and a pair of first-half goals to roll past the Norse for their third-straight win in A-Sun play. Freshman defender Tessa Berger (Mahurangi East, New Zealand/Epsom Girls Grammar School), would pick up her third goal of the season just shy of the 11-minute mark. She took a service from (Paulina Speckmaier (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep/University of Florida) and re-directed the ball home to give FGCU the early 1-0 lead. Shannen Wacker (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa HS) came off the bench to add the insurance goal in the 40th minute, her second of the season.
FGCU fired a season-high 31 shots at Lipscomb on Sunday but would come away with a 1-1 tie after double overtime failed to produce a winner. Julia Roddar (Falun, Sweden/Sattuck-St. Mary’s Academy/Wisconsin) scored the lone goal for the Eagles while Tabby Tindell (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic HS) let loose a team-high six shots. The Green and Blue produced several golden opportunities late and would have two shots carom off the crossbar in the second overtime with three other tries finding nothing but iron prior to that. The result gives FGCU just its third tie in A-Sun play over the last three seasons.
The Bucs will come into Friday evening’s match with a 2-1 record in A-Sun play, boasting victories over USC Upstate and Kennesaw State with their lone loss coming at home to Mercer. The matchup with the Eagles will also serve as the first road contest for ETSU since Sept. 15. The Johnson City, Tenn.- based school is just 1-3-1 on the road this season. Sarah Zadrazil leads the team in goals (6), assists (11) and points (23). Zadrazil paces the conference in assists and is four helpers clear on the next closest competitor in that category. Her 23 points are good for second best in the conference.
When They Met Last
The Eagles traveled to Johnson City last season to meet the Bucs and came away with a 2-1 victory. Wacker scored a pair of second-half goals separated by just 85 seconds to lift the Green and Blue to victory after they had fallen behind 1-0 in the 64th minute.
Scouting USC Upstate
The Spartans enter the weekend still in search of their first A-Sun win this season. Following an 0-2 start to conference play with losses to Kennesaw State and ETSU, Upstate battled to a 1-1 tie with Mercer last Sunday. The Spartans have struggled offensively this season, scoring just seven goals and handing out eight assists. Haley Gethin leads the team with two goals while five other Spartans have each scored just once. Two of Upstate’s three wins have come on the road this season.
When They Met Last
Clay and Ally Kasun (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield HS) provided the scoring in last season’s victory over the Spartans. The 2-0 victory was the first of a four-game win streak to start conference play for the Eagles and a stretch that saw the Green and Blue outscore their opponents 12-1. In all FGCU would allow just two goals in conference play in 2012.
Following this weekend’s home finale, the Green and Blue will hit the road for its final three regular-season games. The matchups will begin next weekend at Mercer (Oct. 18) and Kennesaw State (Oct. 20). The regular-season finale will take place at Stetson on Saturday, Oct. 26.
2013-14 men’s soccer season tickets are now available by visiting the Alico Arena Ticket Office, calling 239-590-7145 or logging on to FGCUAthletics.com/Tickets. Season tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for youth (ages 3-12). Single-game tickets can also be purchased for $6 per adult and $3 for youth. Groups of 10+ can receive a discounted rate of $3 per person. FGCU students and faculty/staff are admitted for free with a valid University ID.