MACON, Ga. – In the wake of her three goal performance against Stetson on Saturday evening, Tabby Tindell (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic HS) claimed her second consecutive A-Sun Player of the Week award, rewriting the FGCU record books in the process. At the same time, goalkeeper Brittany Brown (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena HS) has claimed the Eagles’ second Defensive Player of the Week award.
Needing only one goal and four points to break both the programs’ single-season goals and points records, Tindell netted the fifth hat trick in school history and her second of the year. Her 14 goals shatters the single-season goals record of 11, previously held by Lindsay Haw and teammate Shannen Wacker (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa HS). Tindell’s 31 points snapped Haw’s single-season record of 28 set in 2007. The Player of the Week honor is Tindell’s third this season, and her efforts elevated her into a tie for first in the conference in both goals and points.
With the first seed already wrapped up thanks to a Jacksonville loss on Friday, the Eagles put on a show. With Tindell leading the way, the Blue and Green outshot the Hatters 21-6. The 21 shots increased the teams’ already single-season record breaking number to 342. Tindell opened the scoring in the 13th minute when she found herself one-on-one with the goalie to make it 1-0. Later, in the 24th minute, the talented freshman capitalized on a corner kick to increase the lead to 2-0. The hat trick was completed in the 82ndminute when Tindell took a long pass, maneuvered around the charging keeper and finished into the open goal.
Stetson’s six shots were not enough to challenge the Eagles’ sophomore goalkeeper. Brown recorded her seventh shutout of the season, the most in the conference on the way to claiming her first Defensive Player of the Week award this season and the fourth of her career. This marks the second time this season that a tandem of FGCU players has claimed both awards.
“Pleased to see both young ladies get the awards for play in such an important weekend” said head Coach Jim Blankenship. “They have been so good all year so it have made such a difference in our games.”
As the first overall seed, the Blue and Green have earned home field advantage in the conference tournament for the third consecutive season. It has been well over four years since the FGCU women have suffered a home loss to a conference opponent (10/03/09 against Campbell).
Since the beginning of the 2010 season the Eagles have gone 33-2-6 against A-Sun opponents, including an undefeated 7-0-2 record so far this year. That unprecedented conference dominance has resulted in FGCU claiming each of the last three regular-season conference titles while also winning the 2011 and 2012 conference tournament championships (The Eagles became eligible for postseason play in 2011).
The Eagles will return to the field at the FGCU Soccer Complex Friday, Nov. 8 and will meet the winner of the match between fourth-seeded Mercer and fifth-seeded Stetson. FGCU defeated both those teams in the regular season by a combined score of 7-1.