This Week in Atlantic Sun Women's Soccer: Sept. 5th

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

MACON, Ga. - Eighteen women's soccer contests are scheduled for play this week with only six on Atlantic Sun turf. ETSU, Lipscomb and Mercer all have undefeated records at home this season and will put their unblemished marks to the test this weekend.

A-Sun Women's Soccer Weekly Notes (#ASunWSoc):
  • With four assists on the season, FGCU’s Ashley Ciesielczyk improving her career total to 22, which is four away from moving her into a tie for the eighth-best career mark in A-Sun history.
  • Through three weeks of play only three A-Sun teams have an undefeated record at home; ETSU (2-0), Mercer (2-0-1) and Lipscomb (1-0-1). As a whole, A-Sun teams are 12-11-4 in home contests in 2012. Kennesaw State is the lone team with an unblemished mark on the road at 1-0, while FGCU is the only team not to play away from home yet this season. The Eagles next six contests are away from Fort Myers.
  • Kennesaw State, Mercer and Lipscomb are leading the A-Sun with an average of one goal allowed per contest. The Owls and Lady Bisons own the best improvement from last season as KSU allowed 1.59 goals in 2011, while LU’s opponents scored 1.94 goals last season. Stetson is also showing an improved defense with a 2.00 GAA in 2012 compared to 2.53 in 2011.
  • Shannen Wacker’s Player of the Week honor gave FGCU six different student-athletes that have won Player or Defensive Player of the Week over the past three seasons, which tied Kennesaw State and Mercer for the most in the league over that span.
  • FGCU’s 1-0 win vs. Florida International - courtesy of Wacker’s game-winner - was the A-Sun’s second against a 2011 NCAA Tournament Participant this season as ETSU defeated Radford on August 26th. Lipscomb faces UT-Martin - a 2011 NCAA Participant - on Sunday.
  • Kennesaw State’s Melissa Hutto posted a 1-0 shutout at Arkansas to help her earn the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week honors - the first of her career. The clean sheet was the fifth of her career, which trails only three others amongst active student-athletes. Her 110 career saves is third-most by active players. Hutto recorded 10 saves on the week including six against the Razorbacks.
  • North Florida’s Carolina Lencina continues to lead active student-athletes in points with 39 (13G, 13A). Four players are within one point of second place; FGCU’s Ashley Ciesielczyk (34P), North Florida’s Michelle Larrinaga (34P), ETSU’s Ramey Kerns (33P) and UNF’s Lauren Hopfensperger (33P).
  • ETSU’s Ramey Kerns took over the A-Sun season points lead with a goal at Middle Tennessee State - her fifth of the season. Kennesaw State’s Danielle Gray holds down second place in the league with 10 points (4G, 2A) just ahead of Mercer’s Lauren Gassie (8; 3G, 2A).
  • Lipscomb goalkeeper Erin Zerio has 266 career saves, which puts her only 11 away from the 15th-most in A-Sun history. Zerio has 26 saves in 2012 - second-most in the A-Sun - and is averaging 5.2 per contest. By that average, Zerio will reach 300 career saves by the end of September.
  • The A-Sun finally received its first blemish on its overtime record on Tuesday night in a 1-0 Northern Kentucky loss to Xavier. However, the conference still owns a 5-1-4 mark in overtime matches this season. In 2011, the A-Sun was only 5-6-6 in overtime matches in non-conference play.

    A-Sun Active Career Points Leaders
    Rank Player (School)
    1. Carolina Lencina (North Florida) Jr. 39
    T2. Michelle Larrinaga (North Florida) Sr. 34
    T2. Ashley Ciesielczyk (FGCU) Sr. 34
    T4. Lauren Hopfensperger (North Florida) Jr. 33
    T4. Ramey Kerns (ETSU) Jr. 33
    6. Katrina Frost (Kennesaw State) So. 29
    T7. Jessica Swartzentruber (FGCU) Sr. 26
    T7. Alyssa Welsh (Stetson) Jr. 26

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