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FGCU women host North Fla. in A-Sun soccer

November 3, 2011
Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Florida Gulf Coast women's soccer team faces North Florida Friday in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament semifinals Friday night at the FGCU Soccer Complex.

North Florida advanced to the semifinals with a thrilling 1-0 victory over fourth-seeded Belmont in the quarterfinals Saturday.

The top-seeded Eagles earned the right to host the tournament after going 12-4-2 in regular season and 7-1-1 in A-Sun action to finish in a three-way tie for first with ETSU and Jacksonville. The Eagles were awarded the top seed due to their 1-0-1 record against the other two first-place finishers.

The Eagles' game will follow second-seeded ETSU's semifinal match against sixth-seeded Mercer at 4 p.m.

FGCU was ruled eligible for postseason play in all 14 of its Division I sports on Aug. 12 after going through the transitional period for four years.

Friday marks the sixth meeting between FGCU and UNF with the Eagles holding a 4-0-1 edge in the all-time series.

The Eagles had another breakout season that produced a nine-game shutout streak from Sept. 18 through Oct. 21 and continued a conference unbeaten streak that ended at 21 straight, which is the second-longest streak in A-Sun history. FGCU has won 10 or more games in all five years of the program's existence under coach Jim Blankenship.

The Atlantic Sun Championship game is Sunday at 1 p.m.



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