FORT MYERS, Fla. – It took an additional 42 seconds, however the FGCU ladies’s soccer staff (10-7-0, 7-2-0 ASUN) walked away with a 2-1 victory over Stetson (6-10-2, 3-5-1 ASUN), Saturday night, and the ASUN East Division title.
Sophomore Louise Liillback (Stockholm, Sweden/Tibble Gymnasium) scored each targets for the Eagles, together with the game-winner within the first minute of additional time. For the season, she now has 12 targets, together with 11 in ASUN motion.
The win offers the Eagles 9 factors within the ASUN East, tied on the high of the desk with Liberty. Nonetheless, as a result of FGCU defeated the Flames final week, the Eagles clinch the #1 seed and can host the primary two rounds of the ASUN Match, which begins on Friday.
ASUN East Division Standings
“Big win, simply the rollercoaster of the sport was unbelievable,” mentioned head coach Jim Blankenship. “I believed the primary half was excellent, we set tempo and scored an ideal aim. Credit score to Stetson, they got here out with a unique mentality within the second half and wound up scoring an ideal aim. To tug it off, Louise saves the day, I am happy with our women and we beat a very good staff. We get to maneuver on and it is not going to get any simpler. We have to buckle in and perceive that now we have an outstanding alternative in entrance of us.”
The Eagles outshot Stetson, 15-8 and had a 7-4 benefit in pictures on aim whereas every staff solely earned one nook kick.
Junior Alyssa Abbondandolo (Cape Coral, Fla./Oasis HS), senior Ashlee Brentlinger (Middletown, Del./Padua Academy), graduate scholar Syniah Clark (Cape Coral, Fla./Ida Baker HS), and freshman Rosa Horskjaer (Copenhagen, Denmark/Falkonergardens Gymnasium) all picked up assists on the evening.
Junior Katie Sullivan (Wheaton, Sick./Wheaton North HS/Creighton) was strong in aim, making three saves to select up the victory.
The Eagles acquired on the board within the 19th minute as Brentlinger despatched a ball ahead towards Lillback. With the keeper charging to attempt to knock it away, Lillback beat her to the ball and flicked it previous her and into the online.
The rating remained the identical into the second half, however popping out of the locker room, the Hatters have been far more aggressive, taking 4 pictures earlier than discovering the equalizer on their fifth shot of the half within the 72nd minute. Sullivan made an ideal diving save on the preliminary shot by Georgia Place, however the rebound went proper to Jackie Fiacco, who knocked it into the open internet.
After Stetson tied the sport, the Eagles grew to become the aggressor, taking 4 pictures within the subsequent 5 minutes, however have been unable to transform as the competition headed to extra time.
Within the further interval, Clark despatched the ball into the field the place Horskjaer corralled it and located an open Lillback in entrance of the keeper. She collected it on her left foot and slotted it into the again of the online, setting off the celebration.
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Most Profession Factors
The win signifies that there shall be no less than yet another dwelling recreation for FGCU’s 5 seniors, Brentlinger, Clark, Meagan Gruber (Lengthy Seashore, Calif./Woodrow Wilson HS/Jacksonville), Kara Kyramarios (Titusville, Fla./Titusville HS), and Zoey Spitzer (Naples, Fla./Gulf Coast HS), all of whom have been honored earlier than the sport on Saturday evening.
The Eagles will now advance to the ASUN Match and can host the primary two rounds, which begins with a matchup towards Bellarmine on Friday evening at 7 p.m. Central Arkansas and Kennesaw State will battle one another within the first quarterfinal at Pickering Subject at 4 p.m.
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COACH JIM BLANKENSHIP
A veteran of over 20 years in collegiate teaching, head coach Jim Blankenship, who was named the ASUN Coach of the 12 months in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2019, has constructed FGCU ladies’s soccer right into a yearly contender within the ASUN Convention and a rising program within the South Area in simply 13 seasons. Blankenship began this system in 2007 and has since guided the Eagles to 13 double-digit win seasons, culminating with ASUN Common Season Championships in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019. In 2011 and 2012 he additionally led the Eagles to back-to-back ASUN Match titles as they grew to become the primary staff within the historical past of the college to make it to the NCAA Match. The Eagles went on to win the 2014 ASUN Match and hosted the primary NCAA Championship occasion on campus. The Eagles earned their fourth NCAA Match look with the 2015 ASUN Match Championship and gained their first NCAA recreation at USF in 2015 whereas ending twenty fourth within the nation. In 2016, the Eagles made it three-consecutive journeys to the NCAA Match with a third-straight ASUN Match title. A yr later, the Eagles grew to become the primary ASUN ladies’s soccer program to make four-straight NCAA Tournaments with one other match title in 2017. Blankenship has guided FGCU to a 184-69-27 (.704) general report by means of the primary 15 seasons of this system’s existence, together with an 93-19-15 (.820) mark within the ASUN. Blankenship’s spectacular profession report of 424-140-38 (.735) over 31 seasons has come whereas main FGCU, the College of Miami, Lynn College and St. Thomas College.
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