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Eagles get rematch with Gators

November 7, 2012
Special to the Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

One day after capturing its second-straight Atlantic Sun Conference Championship, the FGCU women's soccer team learned of its NCAA Tournament first-round destination Monday night.

The Eagles (14-3-3) face SEC Champion Florida (17-4-1) at 3 p.m. Friday in Gainesville.

The Eagles and Gators are facing each other for the second straight year in the postseason with FGCU losing 3-0 in the opening round last year.

FGCU earned the A-Sun's automatic bid Sunday after freshman Ally Kasun scored in the 93rd minute of overtime to give the top-seeded Eagles a 1-0 win over Mercer in the championship game.

The Eagles are tied for 10th in the latest NSCAA Southeast Regional rankings, announced Tuesday. It is the fourth time this season and third straight week the Eagles have been ranked in the regional poll.

In the six-year history of the program, the Eagles have received votes on three occasions.

FGCU went 2-0 last week with wins over Jacksonville and Mercer to claim the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament title for the second straight year.

Freshman keeper Brittany Brown has started the last 18 games in goal for the Eagles, holding a 13-2-3 record on the season with a 0.58 goals-against average and has tallied seven shutouts.

Topping the Southeast Regional rankings is Virginia at 16-4-1. Florida State took the second spot with Maryland and Wake Forest holding down third and fourth.

FGCU faces the University of Florida in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at 3 p.m. Friday in Gainesville.



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