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Eagles open title defense

September 27, 2013
Special to the Breeze , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The defending Atlantic Sun Conference champion FGCU women's soccer team (5-3-1) begins the defense of its title this weekend by welcoming a pair of A-Sun rivals.

Jacksonville University (5-4-0) visits Friday night under the lights of the FGCU Soccer Complex. The Eagles then host the University of North Florida (3-5-2) in a Sunday afternoon matinee.

The Eagles are coming off a pair of losses last weekend to two high-powered teams in Memphis and UCF. Last Friday, the Eagles saw their 13-game home unbeaten streak come to an end at the hands of Memphis. Then on Sunday, they dropped their non-conference finale to UCF 4-0.

The Eagles played a challenging non-conference slate this season. Following a 3-1 loss to then-No. 9 Florida on the road to kick of the season, the offense broke out for five goals in their home opener opposite Albany.

Following a tie with Davidson, FGCU rattled off four straight wins that culminated with a 5-1 victory over Idaho State in Hawaii. In that game, Tabby Tindell tallied a freshman record four goals, one shy of the all-time single game mark. Her eight points in that game are also a freshman record.

Tindell currently leads the Eagles in goals (7) and points (15). Melissa Arnold has handed out a team-leading six assists. Eight other Eagles have tallied at least one goal with none scoring more than two. A total of 14 players have earned a point so far. Already, that is two more than registered a point all of 2012.

Goalkeeper Brittany Brown has started all nine games for the Eagles logging 821:33 minutes. She has registered 37 saves while allowing 11 goals for a 1.21 goals-against average, including three shutouts.

The Eagles go on the road for a pair of games north of the state line next weekend. On Oct. 4 they square off with Northern Kentucky at 7 p.m. On Oct. 6 stop at Lipscomb for a 1 p.m. matinee.



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