FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s soccer team begins preparation to defend its four-consecutive Atlantic Sun Regular Season Championships with five exhibitions this spring against familiar competition.
The Eagles kick off the spring slate with four-straight at the FGCU Soccer Complex beginning with the University of Victoria on Feb. 12 at 10:30 a.m. The Canada-based program finished 2013 with a 12-3 record and a 10-2 mark in conference play.
FGCU welcomes South Florida on March 22 at 1:00 p.m. These two met in an exhibition at the FGCU Soccer Complex during the 2013 preseason in a match that saw the Eagles come away with a 2-1 victory. The Bulls posted a 10-4-6 record and fell to UCF in the American Athletic Conference Semifinals on penalty kicks.
Just a week later on Mar. 29 the Eagles will take to the pitch with Miami (Fla.) at 1:00 p.m. FGCU and Miami have not shared the same field since Sept. 6, 2011. The Green and Blue fell that day, 2-1, in double-overtime. The Hurricanes closed 2013 with a 9-8-1 record and a 4-8-1 mark in the ACC.
The final home game of the spring will be against FIU, April 5 at Noon. The Panthers closed 2013 with a 7-12 record. FGCU defeated FIU (Sept. 6) on the road, 2-1.
The Green and Blue will close out the 2014 spring schedule with a trip to FAU on April 12 at 1:00 p.m. FGCU met the owls in a preseason exhibition in 2013 at the FGCU Soccer Complex and came away with a 4-1 victory. FAU went on to collect a 5-10-4 record in 2013.
The numbers from the 2013 campaign would suggest that it was the greatest season offensively in FGCU women’s soccer history. The Eagles set program single-season records in points (130), goals (43), shots (384), shots per game (19.20), shots on goal (180) and shots on goal per game (9.00).
Freshman Tabby Tindell (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic HS) put together one of, if not the greatest individual seasons in program history in just her first year suiting up for the Green and Blue. The Ocala, Fla. native established single-season program records in points (34), goals (15), goals per game (0.75), shots (71), shots per game (3.55), shots on goal (44) and shots on goal per game (2.20).
Shannen Wacker (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa HS) closed her junior campaign just three goals shy of the program record of 24. She is obviously well ahead of the pace to break that record as she has averaged seven goals per season over the course of her career.
FGCU will return 93.8 percent of its scoring for the 2014 campaign. Only Kayley Clay (Cape Coral, Fla./Bishop Verot HS/Lynn University) (7 points) and Casey Towne (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Lander Univ.) (1 point) will depart from the program.