This Week in Atlantic Sun Women's Soccer: Aug. 29th

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

MACON, Ga. - Eighteen women's soccer contests are scheduled for play this week including 12 on Atlantic Sun turf. A-Sun teams are a combined 10-5-2 at home so far this season.

Kennesaw State has the lone match against a ranked opponent as the Owls face No. 21 Volunteers on Friday at the KSU Stadium. Mercer also looks for the A-Sun's first win vs. an Southeastern Conference opponent this season with a match against Alabama on Sunday. KSU also travels to Arkansas on Sunday.

A-Sun Women's Soccer Weekly Notes (#ASunWSoc):
  • For only the second time in program history, ETSU has started the season with four-straight wins. The previous occurrence came in 2003 when the Buccaneers finished with a 12-6 record. ETSU has never started 5-0.
  • With three assists on the season, FGCU’s Ashley Ciesielczyk moved her career total to 21, which is five away from moving her into a tie for eighth-best career mark in A-Sun history.
  • With a goal and three assists over the weekend, North Florida’s Carolina Lencina took over the top spot for active career leaders in points with 37. The junior’s 12 goals and 13 assists ranks ahead of FGCU’s Ciesielczyk (33P; 6G, 21A) and her teammate Lauren Hopfensperger (33P; 15G, 3A). UNF’s Michelle Larrinaga and ETSU’s Ramey Kerns rank fourth and fifth with 32 and 31 points, respectively.
  • ETSU’s Ramey Kerns, the A-Sun Player of the Week, tallied three goals in wins vs. Presbyterian and Radford to earn the conference distinction. Her 13 career goals is tied for third-most amongst active players.
  • North Florida’s Rachel Beninati, the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Week, stopped 10 shots in two shutout wins for the Ospreys to return UNF to a .500 record. Beninati recorded a season-high six saves vs. Gardner-Webb.
  • After two weeks of play in the 2012 season, A-Sun teams own a 10-5-2 (.647) record in home non-conference matches, while posting a 7-11 (.389) mark in road contests. This week, A-Sun teams have 12 total home non-conference contests and only five true road matches. In 2011, league teams combined to go 19-9-5 (.651) in non-conference home games and 13-31-2 (.304) in road contests.
  • Early in the season, the A-Sun as a whole owns a .500 or better record against eight of the 17 conferences it has faced thus far. A-Sun teams have racked up six wins vs. the Big South Conference and are 17-17-2 (.500) overall in non-conference play.
  • Kennesaw State’s Danielle Gray continues to lead the A-Sun in points with 10 (4G, 2A) just ahead of ETSU’s Kerns at nine (4G, 1A). UNF’s Thea Linkfield, Mercer’s Lauren Gassie and ETSU’s Sarah Zadrazil are tied for third with six points.
  • Lipscomb goalkeeper Erin Zerio has 262 career saves, which puts her only 15 away from the 15th-most in A-Sun history. The senior keeper has averaged 80 saves for her first three seasons and could finish as high as 11th-best all-time if she stays on that average in 2012.
  • Currently five A-Sun teams own a .500 record or better with ETSU (1.000), FGCU (.625), Mercer (.625), North Florida (.500) and Lipscomb (.500).
  • Through two weeks of play, A-Sun teams recorded a 5-0-2 mark in overtime matches. ETSU owns two overtime wins, while Jacksonville, USC Upstate, Stetson claimed one. In 2011, the A-Sun was only 5-6-6 in overtime matches in non-conference play including four ties to start the season.

    A-Sun Active Career Points Leaders
    Rank Player (School)
    1. Lauren Hopfensperger (North Florida) Jr. 33
    T2. Michelle Larrinaga (North Florida) Sr. 32
    T2. Carolina Lencina (North Florida) Jr. 32
    T2. Ashley Ciesielczyk (FGCU) Sr. 32
    5. Katrina Frost (Kennesaw State) So. 29
    6. Jessica Swartzentruber (FGCU) Sr. 26
    7. Ramey Kerns (ETSU) Jr. 25
    8. Eva Leeper (Jacksonville) Sr. 24
    9. Alyssa Welsh (Stetson) Jr. 22

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