FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU girls’s soccer staff (1-0-1, 0-0 ASUN) is within the ultimate levels of its non-conference slate, because the Eagles are ready to shut issues out with matches in opposition to Miami (0-9, 0-9 ACC) and FIU (2-1, 0-0 C-USA). The staff will play host to the Hurricanes on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. earlier than taking up the Panthers on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. Each video games shall be performed on the FGCU Soccer Complicated and shall be streamed on YouTube Stay. Roughly 500 followers shall be allowed to attend, all of whom should put on masks and cling to social distancing tips.
For the primary time in program historical past, the Eagles have opened up their slate with back-to-back time beyond regulation contests. After 93 minutes of play in opposition to Utah Valley (Feb. 7), sophomore Louise Lillback’s (Stockholm, Sweden/Tibble Gymnasium) game-winner awarded the staff its season-opening win. Lillback’s purpose is the one one which the staff has tallied to this point, because the Eagles most just lately performed to a 0-0, double-overtime draw throughout their match in opposition to FAU (Feb. 11).
Freshman Mia Krusinski (Lewisville, Texas/Ursuline Academy of Dallas) began between the pipes in each matches and have become the primary keeper in program historical past to open up her profession with back-to-back shutouts. Throughout the recreation in opposition to the Wolverines, she made eight saves to protect the clear slate, an effort that ties for the eighth-most stops in this system’s single-game historical past. For her efforts, she was awarded the title of ASUN Defensive Participant of the Week and was certainly one of two freshmen within the nation to be named to TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Group of the Week. Within the staff’s most up-to-date recreation in opposition to FAU, the rookie confronted three photographs en path to choosing up her second-consecutive shutout.
Wednesday’s match would be the first of the spring season for Miami, although the staff did play a full convention slate within the fall of 2020. Over the span of 9 video games, the Hurricanes discovered the again of the online 3 times. The ‘Canes will make the journey to Fort Myers trying to break their nine-game dropping streak.
Although the Hurricanes personal a 4-2 all-time edge over the Inexperienced & Blue, FGCU has gained two of the final three conferences. The historical past between the groups dates again to the 2009 season, throughout which Miami claimed a 3-0 win over a younger FGCU squad. The final time the groups confronted one another was throughout the 2016 season. That yr, the Eagles earned a 1-0 victory over Miami whereas on the highway in Coral Gables.
Like FGCU, the FIU Panthers are taking part in their full slate within the spring. FIU opened up its season with a 2-0 victory over Jacksonville (Feb. 7), however fell 1-3 in its following recreation at UNF (Feb. 12). Most just lately, the Panthers confronted Jacksonville as soon as once more and earned a 1-0 triumph. Previous to taking up the Eagles, the staff will face one more ASUN Convention member in Stetson on Thursday, Feb. 18.
FGCU owns a 10-1-1 all-time edge in contests in opposition to the Panthers, most just lately downing FIU by a rating of 2-0 in its 2019 season-opener. The Eagles haven’t misplaced a match to the Panthers for the reason that 2010 season, throughout which FIU earned a 1-0 victory. Within the 14-year historical past between the groups, FGCU has outscored FIU 24-9.
The match in opposition to the Panthers would be the final of the Eagles’ 2020-21 non-conference slate. Following that recreation, FGCU will kick off ASUN play with a match up in opposition to UNF on Saturday. Feb. 27.
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COACH JIM BLANKENSHIP
A veteran of over twenty years in collegiate teaching, head coach Jim Blankenship, who was named the ASUN Coach of the Yr in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2019, has constructed FGCU girls’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 girls’s soccer program to make four-straight NCAA Tournaments with one other event title in 2017. Blankenship has guided FGCU to a 168-59-26 (.716) total document by means of the primary 13 seasons of this system’s existence, together with an 82-15-15 (.801) mark within the ASUN. Blankenship’s spectacular profession document of 408-130-37 (.743) over 26 seasons has come whereas main FGCU, the College of Miami, Lynn College and St. Thomas College.
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FGCU groups have mixed to win an unbelievable 82 convention common season and event titles in simply 13 seasons on the Division I degree. Moreover, in simply 9 seasons of D-I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a mixed 38 groups or people compete in NCAA championships. Seven FGCU applications have earned a top-25 nationwide rating of their respective sport – together with girls’s basketball (No. 24, 2019-20) and each males’s soccer (2018, 2019) and girls’s soccer (2018) as three of the newest. In 2016-17, the Inexperienced and Blue posted a department-best sixth-place end within the DI-AAA Learfield Administrators’ Cup and top-100 displaying nationally, forward of a number of Energy-5 and FBS establishments. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and state of Florida greatest seven groups earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for his or her Tutorial Progress Price (APR) of their sport and have had the best proportion of groups so honored from these two teams over every of the previous three years. FGCU additionally collectively earned a document 3.46 GPA within the classroom within the spring 2020 semester and has outperformed the overall College undergraduate inhabitants for 22 consecutive semesters. The 2019 Fall and 2020 Spring semesters every noticed one other milestone reached as all 15 applications achieved a 3.0-or-higher staff GPA. The Eagles additionally served an all-time excessive 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being acknowledged as certainly one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Group Service Award offered by the Fiesta Bowl.