FGCU Wins Battle Over Mercer to Claim A-Sun Season Title

Sunday, October 21, 2012

MACON, Ga. – Florida Gulf Coast University claimed the Atlantic Sun Women's Soccer regular season championship on Sunday, as the league completed regular season play and set its seedings for the upcoming championship that begins on Saturday, October 27th.

The Eagles 1-0 victory over Mercer at home awarded them the three points they needed to take the title with a total of 22 points just ahead of the Bears who finished No. 2 in the conference with 20 points. FGCU's claim to the regular season title marks the first time since University of Central Florida 1997-1999 seasons that a team has earned at least a share of three consecutive titles.

FGCU (7-1-1, 12-3-3) heads into the championship as the No.1 seed, followed by Mercer (6-1-2, 12-4-3) as the No. 2 and Kennesaw State (6-2-1, 10-7-1) as the No. 3. The six-team field is completed by ETSU (6-3-0, 12-5-0) at No. 4, No. 5 Jacksonville (5-2-2, 8-6-3), and No. 6 North Florida (5-3-1, 7-9-2).

Kennesaw State and ETSU will host the first round games of the 2012 women's soccer championship, as the Owls will face North Florida and the Buccaneers face Jacksonville on October 27th. Times for the games will be set by the conference office on Monday. Semifinal games will be played on November 2nd, as top seed Eagles will take on the winner of the Bucs/Dolphins match-up and Mercer takes on the winner of the Owls/Osprey game at the FGCU Soccer Complex in Fort Myers, Fla.

FGCU 1, Mercer 0  
Goals: FGCU: Ally Kasun ('55)
Saves: FGCU: Brittany Brown (8); Mercer: Maggie Cropp (6)

Kennesaw State 3, Stetson 0  
Goals: Kennesaw State: Nicole Calder ('32), Heather Joyce ('82), Katrina Frost ('88)
Saves: Kennesaw State: Lauren Roberts (4); Stetson: Victoria Toccoli (5)

ETSU 5, North Florida 1  
Goals: ETSU: Ramey Kerns ('2, '6, '33, '46) Morgan Thomas ('115); North Florida: Sam Scalf ('87)
Saves: ETSU: Sierra Campbell (2), Kara Krajenta (2), North Florida: Rachel Beninati (2), Brittany Hahn (3) 

Jacksonville 4 USC Upstate 0  
Goals: Jacksonville: Kaitlyn Bassett ('23, '46), Marie Weckhurst ('62), Karley Bush ('87)
Saves: Jacksonville: Marleigh Mlinac (1); USC Upstate: Sarah Platz (11), Ellen Bright (1)

The final seeding for the championship has been set for the 2012 Atlantic Sun Women's Soccer Championship. For more championship information see the women's soccer championship page.

No. 1: FGCU; First round bye, host semifinal game in Fort Myers, Fla. on Nov. 2 against winner of ETSU/JU
No. 2: Mercer; First round bye, play in semifinal game in Fort Myers, Fla. on Nov. 2 against winner of KSU/UNF
No. 3: Kennesaw State; Host first round game against North Florida on Oct. 27
No. 4: ETSU; Host first round game against Jacksonville on Oct. 27
No. 5: Jacksonville; Travel to ETSU for first round game on Oct. 27
No. 6: North Florida; Travel to Kennesaw State for first round game on Oct. 27

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