FGCU Takes Five First-Team Spots; Petersen Tabbed Top Player

Thursday, October 27, 2011

MACON, Ga. – The Atlantic Sun Conference announced the 2011 Women’s Soccer All-Conference team on Thursday and five FGCU student-athletes adorned the squad, while ETSU’s Genna Petersen picked up the Player of the Year honor. Stephanie Powers, FGCU’s goalkeeper, was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year, while the Lady Bucs were awarded the Freshman and Coach of the Year distinctions with Jenna Caudle and Adam Sayers taking the awards, respectively.

Petersen and Powers were joined by FGCU senior defender KC Correllus as unanimous choices to the postseason team. For Correllus, it is her fourth A-Sun All-Conference honor, which has only been accomplished on nine occasions. Mercer’s Olivia Tucker and Jacksonville’s Jessica Hurtado also achieved the feat this season.

Kathleen Hunter, Olivia Elias and Gina Petracco join Powers and Correllus as the FGCU representatives on the first team after helping the Eagles to a 7-1-1 conference record in which they yielded only one goal. FGCU tied for the regular-season crown with ETSU and Jacksonville, but will host the 2011 A-Sun Women’s Soccer Championship on Nov. 4-6. Junior defender Ashley Ciesielczyk and junior midfielder Danielle Faller appeared on the second team for the Eagles.

Petersen and Caudle landed on the first team after picking up their superlative honors. The duo combined for 48 points this season and rank first and third in the conference for points, respectively. Coach Sayers guided the Lady Bucs to their first regular-season title in program history and a 12-4-1 record. Caudle was also an unanimous choice to the All-Freshman Team.

Jacksonville, who also earned a share of the A-Sun Regular-Season Title, posted two first-team honors as junior defender Emily Culbreth and senior midfielder Liz Fink landed on the list. For Fink, it is her third A-Sun All-Conference honor as she ranks second in points amongst active A-Sun women’s soccer student-athletes. Hurtado and freshman Kaitlyn Bassett picked up second-team honors, while Bassett also appeared on the All-Freshman squad.

Tucker, a four-time all-conference member, was the lone Mercer representative on the first team as she finished the regular season with 17 points – fifth in the conference – to push her career total to 68, which is the most by an active student-athlete. Mercer’s junior defender P.A. Upson appeared on the second team after guiding the Bears to nine shutouts this season. Washida Blackman received All-Freshman team honors for the Bears.

North Florida’s Carolina Lencina tallied five goals and five assists this season to earn the sophomore forward A-Sun First-Team honors. Her teammate and fellow sophomore forward Lauren Hopfensperger earned second-team honors after her five goal, three assist regular-season display.

Belmont, Stetson and Kennesaw State all placed two student-athletes on the second team. Bruins goalkeeper Nicole Berner and Gretchen Sutch joined the Hatters’ Alexis Hermosa and Colleen O’Kennedy. The Owls senior midfielder Katie Scott teamed up with freshman forward Katrina Frost to finish up the second-team honorees.

USC Upstate and Lipscomb also received recognition from the coaches as Spartans forward Michelle Calmeyn and Bisons defender Brittany Rupple earned All-Freshman team honors.

The 2011 Atlantic Sun Women’s Soccer Championship First Round matches get underway on Friday, Oct. 28 with Mercer travelling down to Jacksonville and conclude with North Florida at Nashville against Belmont on Saturday, Oct. 29. ETSU and FGCU await the winners of those matches for the semifinals and championship game in Fort Myers, Fla.

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The Atlantic Sun Conference is an NCAA Division I league with 10 member institutions committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun meets the challenge of maintaining the highest standards in academic and athletic achievement with a true balance between student and athlete. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.