(11-3-2, 6-0-1 A-Sun)
(8-6-2, 3-2-1 A-Sun)
10/18/2013 | Macon, Ga. | Attendance: 479
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||MER|
|Shots (on Goal)||18 (10)||9 (3)|
(11-3-3, 6-0-2 A-Sun)
(7-7-1, 4-2-1 A-Sun)
10/20/2013 | Kennesaw, Ga. | Attendance: 626
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||KSU|
|Shots (on Goal)||21 (6)||8 (2)|
Macon, Ga. – In the midst of a six-game unbeaten streak, during which the FGCU women’s soccer team (10-3-2) has compiled a 5-0-1 record against Atlantic Sun competition, the Eagles will travel first to Macon, Ga. on Friday to face-off with Mercer (8-5-2, 3-1-1 A-Sun) before heading to Kennesaw State (6-7, 3-2 A-Sun) for a meeting with the Owls on Sunday. Mercer and Kennesaw State currently sit fourth and fifth, respectively, in the A-Sun standings.
The Eagles are now 21-0-1 at home in A-Sun play since the beginning of the 2010 season. In that same timespan the Green and Blue are 10-2-3 on the road and 31-2-5 overall against A-Sun opponents.
One does not need to look far to find the last time the Eagles had a six-game unbeaten streak to begin conference play. FGCU began A-Sun play in 2011 with an eight-game unbeaten streak before falling at Belmont. In 2010 the Eagles had their only unbeaten record against A-Sun opponents (8-0-2) but were ineligible for the A-Sun tournament at the time.
With 30 shots on Sunday afternoon against USC Upstate, the Eagles have now tallied 25 shots or more in four-consecutive contests for the first time in program history. If the season were to end today FGCU would establish program records in Points Per Game (6.87), Shots Per Game (18.80), Shots On Goal Per Game (8.93), Goals Per Game (2.27) and Assists Per Game (2.33). The team’s 282 shots are only 17-shy of the single-season program record of 290 set in 2011.
FGCU and Mercer lead the conference with 34 goals each, a number that currently ranks No. 21 all-time in the conference record books. The Eagles are also one of just three teams in the A-Sun averaging more than two goals per game. FGCU and Mercer lead the way (2.27).
Last Time Out
The Eagles swept last weekend’s matchups with ETSU and USC Upstate by a combined score of 9-1, collecting goals from seven different people and outshooting their opponents 56-11.
The Eagles knocked off ETSU last Friday evening by a score of 2-1 before welcoming USC Upstate on Sunday. On that day the Eagles would celebrate the careers of seniors Kayley Clay (Cape Coral Fla./Bishop Verot HS/Lynn University) and Casey Towne (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Lander Univ.).
The Eagles would net seven goals before the day was done but the most memorable moment would come in the 88th minute when Towne would enter the game for the first time in an Eagles uniform. Until that point, the senior had been sidelined by a career-ending knee injury suffered upon her arrival at FGCU. In her short time on the field that day she managed to pick up an assist on the final goal of the day.
The Bears have picked up three wins in conference play but have yet to secure back-to-back victories. Mercer defeated Northern Kentucky, 3-1, in its A-Sun opener before falling to Lipscomb, 2-1. The Bears came back with a 3-2 victory over ETSU on the road but would only come away with a 0-0, double-overtime, tie with USC Upstate two days later. The following weekend Mercer would get the best of Kennesaw State at home, 2-1. Washinda Blackman leads the Bears with five goals this season while Brianna Stampler leads the way in the assist department with six.
When They Met Last
Ally Kasun (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield Pa.) scored a goal in overtime during last season’s A-Sun Championship game to lift the Eagles to a 1-0 victory over the Bears that afternoon. It was the second-consecutive year FGCU had defeated Mercer in overtime of the A-Sun title game. The Green and Blue are 7-0-1 all-time against the Bears, including a 3-0 mark on the road.
Scouting Kennesaw State
The Owls got off to a fast start in conference play with a 3-0 record, claiming victories over Lipscomb, Northern Kentucky and USC Upstate. Since that hot start, however, Kennesaw State has dropped its last two games to ETSU and Mercer, respectively, both on the road. The Owls are led by Katrina Frost with four goals followed by Nicole Calder and Maggie Gaughan who each have two.
When They Met Last
The Eagles and Owls will meet again almost exactly one year removed from their previous meeting on Oct. 19, 2012. On that day FGCU came away with a 1-0 victory to extend its current unbeaten streak against Kennesaw State to five games. The lone loss came in the first ever meeting between the two programs in 2007. Since then the Eagles have built a 4-1-1 record against the Owls.
FGCU will close the regular season at Stetson on Saturday, Oct. 26. Should the current standings hold, that matchup could determine which team will be at the top of the conference heading into the A-Sun Championship. The top-seeded team heading into the tournament will host the semi-finals and finals at its home facility. Only the top six teams in the A-Sun standings at the end of the regular season will qualify for the tournament. FGCU has hosted the Championship each of the last two seasons.