New #ASunWSoc Season Kicks Off Friday with Nine Matches

Thursday, August 22, 2013

MACON, Ga. - The 2013 Atlantic Sun Women's Soccer season is finally here with nine matches opening up the season on Friday, August 23rd. Three teams are at home on opening day.

Six A-Sun teams start the season on the road with Northern Kentucky, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, FGCU, North Florida and ETSU traveling on Friday.

Stetson hosts Embry-Riddle while Jacksonville plays Flager at home. USC Upstate faces off against VMI in Spartanburg and can be seen on ASun.TV.

Mercer begins its season on Saturday at Alabama A&M.

A-Sun Women's Soccer Weekly Notes (#ASunWSoc):

  • The A-Sun went 6-3-1 on opening day in the 2012 season with three games going to double overtime. The league secured a total of 16 goals in the first day of action.
  • FGCU has won three-straight regular season titles in the A-Sun and will look to become the first A-Sun team to claim at least a share of the regular season title four years in a row.
  • The Eagles open with a rematch of their 2012 NCAA Tournament opponent, the SEC's Florida. The Gators are currently ranked No. 9 in the country after making it to the third round of the NCAA Championship.
  • Kennesaw State's Katrina Frost leads the league in career points (47) and goals (21). Kennesaw State’s Katrina Frost is the first A-Sun women’s soccer student-athlete to tally back-to-back double-digit goal seasons since Stetson’s Tessa Gavilsky (2008, 09).
Atlantic Sun Women's Soccer Career Active Leaders - Offensive Stats
Goals Assists Points
Katrina Frost, Kennesaw State (21) Carolina Lencina, North Florida (13) Katrina Frost, Kennesaw State (47)
Lauren Hopfensperger, North Fla. (20) Jewelia Strickland, KSU (13) Lauren Hopfensperger, North Fla. (46)
Carolina Lencina, North Florida (16) Casey Barrett, Mercer (11) Carolina Lencina, North Florida (45)
Shannen Wacker, FGCU (14) Kayley Clay, FGCU (10) Shannen Wacker, FGCU (35)

  • JU's Ally Lee, a 2012 first-team all-conference member, was selected as the A-Sun Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Lee has been tabbed as one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award.
  • North Florida will turn to its experience this season with five of the top seven A-Sun active players in games started on the Osprey squad. Taylor Gillepsie and Keara Murphy lead the league with 59 starts in their career.
  • FGCU has been awarded three A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year honors in a row with Ashley Ciesielczyk (2012), Stephanie Powers (2011) and KC Correllus (2010).
  • Through two years under head coach Adam Sayers, ETSU has led the league in goals per game both years with an average of 2.39 goals per game in 2011 and 2.11 goals in 2012
Atlantic Sun Women's Soccer Career Active Leaders - Goalkeeper Stats
GAA (<1,000 min.) Saves Shutouts
Maggie Cropp, Mercer (0.291) Sarah Plantz, USC Upstate (220) Brittany Brown, FGCU (9)
Brittany Brown, FGCU (0.651) Brittany Brown, FGCU (85) Sarah Sierra, Jacksonville (8)
Sarah Sierra, Jacksonville (0.907) Sarah Sierra, Jacksonville (81) Megan Dorsey, North Florida (7)
Nikki Atkinson, Mercer (1.01) Megan Dorsey, North Florida (76) Maggie Cropp, Mercer (6)

  • Maggie Cropp from Mercer owned a 0.291 goals against average last season which ranked No. 2 in the A-Sun record books for the best single season average. Cropp, an A-Sun Second Team member, posted the NCAA's top goal against average and best save percentage (0.923). Cropp allowed only four goals in her 18 matches played.
  • USC Upstate's Sarah Plantz has secured the most career saves among active players in the league with a dominating 220 saves. The senior only needs 65 saves this season to crack the top-15 in the A-Sun record books. Plantz was the 2012 Goalkeeper of the Year and was selected as the 2013 Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year. Last season, Plantz tallied 122 saves and ranked No. 15 in the country in saves.
  • Lipscomb will hope to replace goalkeeper Erin Zerio who averaged 6.59 saves per game which ranked second in the A-Sun last season. Zerio finished her A-Sun career with 352 saves which ranks seventh 7 in the A-Sun record books.
  • Stetson has a new head coach with Minoj Khettry at the helm for the Hatters. Khettry comes from the Atlantic 10 at St. Bonaventure where he led the Bonnies to five-straight A-10 Tournaments.
  • Northern Kentucky enters its second year as a Division I program after finishing seventh in the league last season with three wins in conference play.

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