#ASunWSoc Tackles New Season With Opening Games

Friday, August 23, 2013

MACON, Ga. - The Atlantic Sun Women's Soccer Season kicks off today with nine contests scheduled. After a strong showing in exhibition play with an 11-2-3 league record, A-Sun squads set their sights on the regular season.

Returning A-Sun Champions, FGCU will start the season against No. 9 Florida in a rematch of the Eagles' NCAA Tournament game last year. FGCU's game in Gainesville is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET on Friday.

The A-Sun is scheduled to play three teams that made the 2012 NCAA Tournament this weekend. Along with FGCU's match-up vs. Florida, Jacksonville faces off against Miami at home on Sunday, while ETSU travels to Virginia Tech.

Atlantic Sun Women's Soccer Team Tables
Team Quick Facts #ASunWSoc Tweetables
Twitter: @ETSUWSoccer
Record: (0-0-0; 0-0-0)
Last Game: Lees-McRae (W, 3-0)

Coach: Adam Sayer
Career Record: (24-11-1)
  • Next Game: at Appalachian State (Aug. 23rd)
  • ETSU led the league in goals per game two consecutive years
  • Sarah Zadrazil is the top-returning player in assists with .56 PG

  • 2012 Season Leading Scorer: Ramey Kerns (21)
  • Active Career Leading Scorer: Sam Kron (6)
Twitter: @FGCU_WSoccer
Record: (0-0-0; 0-0-0)
Last Game: FAU (W, 4-0)

Coach: Jim Blankenship
Career Record: (312-100-24)
  • Next Game: at Florida (Aug. 23rd)
  • Has won at least a share of the last three regular season titles
  • Sophomore Ally Kasun was voted Preseason Player of the Year

  • 2012 Season Leading Scorer: Shannen Wacker (11)
  • Active Career Leading Scorer: Shannen Wacker (14)
Twitter: @JUWomensSoccer
Record: (0-0-0; 0-0-0)
Last Game: at Valdosta State (W, 2-0)

Coach: Brian Copham
Career Record: (50-33-15)
  • Next Game: Flagler (Aug. 23rd)
  • Ally Lee was selected as a Senior CLASS candidate
  • Lee earned A-Sun Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

  • 2012 Season Leading Scorer: Kaitlyn Bassett (6)
  • Active Career Leading Scorer: Kaitlyn Bassett (14)
Twitter: @ksuOWLSsoccer
Record: (0-0-0; 0-0-0)
Last Game: Clayton State (W, 2-0)

Coach: Rob King
Career Record: (190-99-21)
  • Next Game: vs. Tennessee Tech (Aug. 23rd)
  • Katrina Frost leads the league in career points (47)
  • Frost netted back-to-back double digits goal seasons

  • 2012 Season Leading Scorer: Katrina Frost (10)
  • Active Career Leading Scorer: Katrina Frost (21)
Twitter: @LipscombWSOC
Record: (0-0-0; 0-0-0)
Last Game: SEMO (W, 2-1)

Coach: Kevin O'Brien
Career Record: (2-11-4)
  • Next Game: at Western Carolina (Aug. 23rd)
  • LU has the youngest A-Sun squad with 22 underclassmen
  • The Bisons have not lost a season opener since 2008

  • 2012 Season Leading Scorer: Baylee Linnell (4)
  • Active Career Leading Scorer: Baylee Linnell (5)
Twitter: @MercerBears
Record: (0-0-0; 0-0-0)
Last: Eastern Ky. (W, 3-1)

Coach: Tony Economopoulos
Career Record: (23-46-3)
  • Next Game: at Alabama A&M (Aug. 23rd)
  • Made A-Sun Championship Final in 2012; Lost to FGCU, 1-0 (OT)
  • Maggie Cropp's save percentage led the nation last year (0.923)

  • 2012 Season Leading Scorer: Lauren Gassie (6)
  • Active Career Leading Scorer: Casey Barrett (8)
Twitter: @OspreyWSoc
Record: (0-0-0; 0-0-0)
Last Game: Embry Riddle (T, 0-0)

Coach: Linda Hamilton
Career Record: (47-76-11)
  • Next Game: at Gardner-Webb (Aug. 23rd)
  • Starts the season with a six game road stint
  • Return five of the top seven A-Sun active players in games started

  • 2012 Season Leading Scorer: Thea Linkfield (6)
  • Active Career Leading Scorer: Lauren Hopfensperger (20)
Twitter: @NKUNorse
Record: (0-0-0; 0-0-0)
Last Game: IUPUI (L, 3-1)

Coach: Bob Sheehan
Career Record: (258-64-18)
  • Next Game: at Robert Morris (Aug. 23rd)
  • NKU alternates home/away contests in non-conference play
  • Finished seventh in the A-Sun last year in first Division I season

  • 2012 Season Leading Scorer: Megan Frye (6)
  • Active Career Leading Scorer: Megan Frye (6)
Twitter: @UpstateSpartans
Record: (0-0-0; 0-0-0)
Last: Citidel (T, 1-1)

Coach: Abby Minihan
Career Record: (3-15-0)
  • Next Game: at VMI (Aug. 23rd)
  • Sarah Plantz was tabbed as Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year
  • The Spartans have a league-high ten road games

  • 2012 Season Leading Scorer: Rebecca Sanzsole (2)
  • Active Career Leading Scorer: Rebecca Sanzsole (2)
Twitter: @StetsonWSoccer
Record: (0-0-0; 0-0-0)
Last Game: Saint Leo (W, 3-2)

Coach: Manoj Khettry
Career Record: (57-73-9)
  • Next Game: Embry Riddle (Aug. 23rd)
  • Hatters are led by new head coach Manoj Khettry
  • The Hatters went 2-0 in exhibition play

  • 2012 Season Leading Scorer: Alyssa Welsh (3)
  • Active Career Leading Scorer: Alyssa Welsh (11)

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