10/26/2013 | Deland, Fla. | Attendance: 346
, BERGER, Tessa)
|Stats at a Glance||FGCU||STET|
|Shots (on Goal)||21 (14)||6 (4)|
DeLAND, Fla. – Tabby Tindell scored three goals on Saturday afternoon to lift the FGCU women’s soccer team (12-3-3, 7-0-2 Atlantic Sun) to a 4-0 victory over Stetson (6-9-2, 4-4-1 A-Sun), simultaneously setting the single-season goals and points records and securing an unbeaten record in A-Sun play for just the second time in program history. The Eagles will soar into the postseason as the A-Sun Regular-Season Champions for fourth-straight year and with the top-seed in the A-Sun Championship Tournament for the third consecutive season.
Tindell (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic HS), the reigning A-Sun Player of the Week, scored the first two of her trio of goals in the first half, both inside the first 25 minutes of the game, to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead before halftime. The first of the two, her 12th of the season, broke the single-season goals record of held by Lindsay Haw (2007) and teammate Shannen Wacker (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa HS) (2012). The second score would give Tindell 29 points on the season, breaking the single-season points record of 28, also held by Haw (2007). The freshman would complete her record-breaking day in the second half when she tallied her third score of the game, giving her just the fifth hat trick in program history and making her the first in program history to record multiple hat tricks in a career.
Wacker would come off the bench to net the third Eagle goal of the game in the second half, her sixth of the season and 20th of her career. The junior becomes just the third player in program history to score 20 goals and is now just four shy of Amber McCall’s program record of 24 career scores.
Having already clinched the A-Sun regular-season crown with Jacksonville’s loss on Friday night, FGCU came out of the gate hot in this one looking to complete an unbeaten A-Sun slate. The Green and Blue controlled the pace and would net the first score of the game thanks to Tindell in the 13th minute. Tindell found herself in a one-on-one chance with the keeper and capitalized to give the Eagles an early lead from which they would never look back.
FGCU would continue to apply pressure and it would be Tindell again in the 24th minute this time off a corner kick to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
In the second half, the Eagles once again would fire shot-after-shot as they have all season long. FGCU would go on to tally 21 shots in all, extending its already program record shot total to 342. Wacker’s goal would come in the 62nd minute when a Stetson defender played a ball back to the keeper who misplayed the pass, allowing a hustling Wacker to run onto the ball and finish in an empty net.
Tindell would complete the scoring in the 82nd minute when she took a long pass, beat the charging Stetson goalkeeper and finished in the empty net to close out the 4-0 victory.
Brittany Brown (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena HS) made four saves in the shutout effort. The Eagles held Stetson to just six shots and one corner kick. Eleven different FGCU players would register a shot.
The dominance of the program against A-Sun opponents has been most notable as the Eagles are now 33-2-6 against such opponents since the beginning of the 2010 season.
FGCU now turns its attention to the A-Sun Championship Tournament where the program is 4-0 in its history. The Eagles won the regular-season championship in 2010 but did not become eligible for the tournament until 2011. The Green and Blue has since won three more regular-season titles (including this season) and has claimed the conference tournament crown in its only two years of eligibility and will be looking for a third-straight.