10/26/2013 | Deland, Fla. | Attendance: 346
, BERGER, Tessa)
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||STET|
|Shots (on Goal)||21 (14)||6 (4)|
DeLAND, Fla. – The FGCU women’s soccer team (11-3-3, 6-0-2 Atlantic Sun) will be in search of its fourth-consecutive regular-season conference championship when it visits Stetson (6-8-2, 4-3-1 A-Sun) on Saturday afternoon. With a victory or tie, the Eagles will go unbeaten in conference play for the just the second time in program history and extend their streak of 16-straight games without a loss to an A-Sun foe.
FGCU can also clinch the regular-season title if Jacksonville loses to or ties Kennesaw State on Friday evening. Jacksonville can only pass the Eagles with two wins this weekend and an FGCU loss at Stetson.
With her next goal, reigning A-Sun Player of the Week, Tabby Tindell (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic HS) will break the single-season goals record of 11 currently held by herself, Lindsay Haw (2007) and teammate Shannen Wacker (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa HS) (2012). Her 25 points are also currently tied for second in the single-season record book behind Haw’s 28 in 2007. Tindell has already set single-season marks in shots (58), shots on goal (35) and is maintaining the record for shots per game (3.41).
The Eagles are also in hot pursuit of many single-season team records. Their 112 points currently sits fourth all-time with the record mark coming in 2007 when the Green and Blue put up 120 points. FGCU is just three goals shy of the single-season mark of 40 also set in 2007. The Eagles have already set a single-season record with 321 shots and are 10 shy of the shots on goal record of 160.
Last Time Out
The Eagles began last weekend at Mercer and fell behind early before Tindell put the team on her back scoring the game-tying goal in the first half and game-winning goal in the second. An insurance goal by Wacker secured the 3-1 victory and clinched a spot in the A-Sun tournament.
On Sunday at Kennesaw State, neither team was able to mount much a dangerous attack as the two squads battled to a 0-0 tie after double-overtime. With the tie, the Eagles clinched a first-round bye in the A-Sun tournament and tied a single-season record with their third tie. All three of the Eagles’ trips to overtime this season have resulted in draws.
Stetson comes into this matchup heavily improved over last season’s squad. In 2012 the Hatters collected just one win in A-Sun play. Stetson is led by Alyssa Welsh and Kait Jones who have each scored four goals this season. With an opportunity to clinch a spot in the A-Sun tournament last weekend, the Hatters dropped a pair of one-goal decisions at Kennesaw State and Mercer, respectively. The team will look to secure their spot on Saturday when they host the Eagles on senior day at 5 p.m.
When They Last Met
At the FGCU Soccer Complex last season, the Eagles claimed a 2-0 victory over Stetson. Shea Rhoney (Lithia, Fla./Newsome HS) scored both goals to lead the Eagles to victory and clinch a spot in the A-Sun tournament that evening. FGCU currently holds a 5-1 series lead and has not lost to Stetson since Nov. 3, 2007, the first meeting between the two programs, when the Hatters picked up a 3-2 victory in overtime. Since that day, FGCU has outscored Stetson 11-2 and has not allowed the Hatters to score since Oct. 5, 2009.
Having secured a bye in the A-Sun tournament, the Eagles will not take the field again until Friday, Nov. 8. The location of the match will be based on the results of this weekend’s games. Should the Eagles claim the regular-season title, they will host the semifinals and finals of the A-Sun tournament at the FGCU Soccer Complex for a third-straight year. FGCU is 4-0 in A-Sun tournament play with two championships since becoming eligible in 2011. They have gone a combined 32-2-6 against A-Sun teams since the beginning of the 2010 season.