Women’s Soccer Begins Defense of Atlantic Sun Championship
Thursday, September 20, 2012 | by Matt Judd
FGCU (6-2-2, 1-0 A-Sun)
USC Upstate (2-8, 0-1 A-Sun)
9/21/2012 | Spartanburg, S.C. | Attendance: 378
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FGCU66:17CLAY, Kayley (CIESIELCZYK, Ashley )
FGCU67:01KASUN, Ally (CLAY, Kayley , RODDAR, Julia)
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – After finishing their non-conference action with a 5-2-2 overall record, the FGCU women’s soccer team prepares to travel north to play USC Upstate and ETSU in its first Atlantic Sun Conference action this weekend.

The Eagles travel to Spartanburg, S.C. to face USC Upstate Friday night at 5 p.m. and then travel to Johnson City, Tennessee to play ETSU Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Green and Blue are 3-0-2 in A-Sun openers and 4-0-1 in A-Sun road openers. FGCU is also 4-0-1 all-time against USC Upstate and 3-2 all-time against ETSU, including three straight wins.

The Green and Blue are the defending A-Sun regular season and conference champs, earning the league’s automatic NCAA Tournament berth in their first year of postseason eligibility in 2011. Since joining the A-Sun in 2007, the Eagles lead the A-Sun in conference wins (33), fewest conference losses (9) and most conference ties (8). In their last 21 A-Sun games, FGCU sports a 17-1-3 record with a 52-3 goal differential.

Currently No. 50 in the most recent TopDrawerSoccer.com Tournament 64 projections, the Eagles are coming off a road trip to the Northern Arizona Tournament where they went 0-1-1 with a tie against NAU Friday night and a 2-1 loss to UNLV Sunday afternoon. The loss Sunday snapped FGCU’s unbeaten streak at six games.

Freshman Shea Rhoney (Lithia, Fla./Newsome HS) leads the Eagles with a team-high 10 points and four goals. Classmate Kaitlin Parker (Palm Harbor, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic HS) is second on the team with eight points and is tied with sophomore Shannen Wacker (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa HS) with three goals on the year. Senior defender Ashley Ciesielczyk (Oregon, Ohio/Clay HS) and junior Kayley Clay (Cape Coral, Fla./Lynn) have both tallied a team-high five assists and freshman Ally Kasun (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield HS) has contributed two goals and three assists for the Eagles.

Freshman keeper Brittany Brown (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena HS) has started the last seven games in goal for the Eagles, holding a 4-1-2 record while ranking second in the A-Sun with a 0.88 goals-against average (GAA).

USC Upstate enters Friday with a 2-7 record and picked up their second win last Sunday, when they defeated Presbyterian 1-0 in double-overtime. Michelle Cameyn leads the club with three points on the season (1 goal, 1 assist). Tamaya Tompoe and Ericka Kotterer are tied with Cameyn for the team lead in goals (1). Courtney Reilly is the only other Spartan with a point, recording one assist in five games played.

ETSU is currently 6-2 on the season and recently dropped a 2-1 affair against Longwood University. The Bucs are 2-2 in their last four games after starting out the season 4-0. ETSU will face A-Sun opponent Stetson Friday before taking on the Eagles Sunday afternoon. Ramey Kerns is fifth in the nation and leads the A-Sun in both points (21) and goals (9). Sarah Zadrazil ranks third in the country and leads the A-Sun with seven assists.

Live stats and video will be available for each game at www.FGCUATHLETICS.com. You can also get in-game updates through twitter @FGCUEagles and fans can also get women’s soccer updates from around the Atlantic Sun and the nation by using the hashtags #ASUNWSOC and #D1WSOC.