MACON, Ga. - The Atlantic Sun Women's Soccer Championship continues tomorrow, Friday, November 7, with two semifinal matches set to take place in Fort Myers, Fla. at the FGCU Soccer Complex.
At 4 p.m. ET, No. 2 Lipscomb takes on No. 6 Kennesaw State in the first match of the weekend. Kennesaw State reached the semifinals after defeating the defending A-Sun Champions Jacksonville, 5-0. Host-team FGCU is scheduled to face No. 5 Northern Kentucky at 7 p.m. ET. The Norse recorded their first A-Sun Championship victory last Saturday by taking down No. 4 North Florida, 2-0.
The winners of the two semifinal matches meet on Sunday, November 9 at 1:00 p.m. ET in the A-Sun Championship Final. The semifinal matches can be seen for free on A-Sun TV. Sunday's Final will be on ESPN3.
2014 Atlantic Sun Women's Soccer Championship Semifinals
#2 Lipscomb vs. #6 Kennesaw State | Friday, November 7; 4 p.m. | ASun.TV
#2 Seed vs. #6 Seed All-Time: 5-1-1
Last Match: Lipscomb 3, Kennesaw State 0 (9/27/14; Nashville, Tenn.)
Record: 10-6-2; 4-2-1
A-Sun Championship Appearances: Two - 2013, 2014
Last Time in A-Sun Championship: 2013; A-Sun First Round
No. 2 Seeds All-Time in A-Sun Championship: 8-11-6
- Lipscomb made its first-ever A-Sun Championship appearance in 2013 as the No. 6 seed, but failed to get past Kennesaw State in the first round on the road, 1-0.
- The No. 2 seed holds a 5-1-1 advantage over the No. 6 seed in the A-Sun Championship and has advanced to the A-Sun Championship Final four out of the last five years.
- Lipscomb returns all 11 starters from its first-ever A-Sun Championship appearance in 2013. Anna Buhigas, Caroline Chadwell, Shelby Auterhoff, Ellen Lundy, Lyndie Donegan, Carolyn Springsteen, Carlotta Fennefoss, Alex Hickey, Emily Shuler, Molly Bray and Baylee Linnell all rejoin the Lady Bisons.
- Goalkeeper Buhigas took home both A-Sun Goalkeeper of the Year and All-Conference First Team honors last week. Buhigas is second in the A-Sun with a 0.78 GAA and .835 save percentage. She is tied for the conference lead with nine shutouts.
- Defender Fennefoss and midfielder Jade Abarca joined Buhigas on the All-Atlantic Sun First Team, while defender Springsteen and forward Anna Lail made the All-Conference Second Team. Abarca and defender Emily Rogers earned spots on the All-Conference Freshman Team.
- Lail leads the Lady Bisons with 13 points. The junior forward scored all five of her goals in conference play.
#6 Kennesaw State
Record: 7-10-1; 3-4
A-Sun Championships: Two - 2007, 2009
Last Time in A-Sun Championship: 2013; A-Sun Semifinals
No. 6 Seeds All-Time in A-Sun Championship: 6-15-4
- Kennesaw State defeated Lipscomb in the first round of 2013 A-Sun Championship, but fell in the next round to Jacksonville on a 2-0 result.
- This marks the first time Kennesaw State is a No. 6 seed in the A-Sun Championship.
- KSU jumped out to an early lead against Jacksonville on Oct. 31st with a header goal from Alma Gardarsdottir at the 1:54 mark of the first half. The Owls would score four more goals to get past the Dolphins in the first round, 5-0.
- Goalkeeper Olivia Sturdivant made two saves in 90 minutes to earn her third shutout of the 2014 season. She owns a 1.30 GAA and a .702 save percentage.
- The Owls return eight starters from 2013's A-Sun Championship Semifinal team. Nicole Calder, Maggie Gaughan, Hannah Churchill, Gardardottir, Shannon Driscoll, Sturdivant, Iyani Hughes and Brittney Reed all return for KSU.
- Defender Reed was the only Owl player to make the All-Conference First Team. Gaughan was selected for the Second Team as a forward. Defender Abby Roth made the All-Freshman Team.
FGCU hosts Northern Kentucky | Friday, November 7; 7 p.m. ET | ASun.TV
#1 Seed vs. #5 Seed All-Time: 4-1-0
Last Match: FGCU 2, Northern Kentucky 0 (10/10/2014; Fort Myers, Fla.)
Record: 15-3; 7-0
A-Sun Championships: Two - 2011, 2012
Last Time in A-Sun Championship: 2013; A-Sun Championship Runner-Up
No. 1 Seeds All-Time in A-Sun Championship: 23-3-4
- FGCU hosted the 2013 A-Sun Championship and faced Jacksonville in the championship final. Both teams remained scoreless through the full 90 minutes and both overtimes. The Dolphins eventually advanced on penalty kicks, 5-3.
- This year marks the fourth-straight year FGCU is the No. 1 seed in the A-Sun Championship. The Eagles advanced to the championship final in each of the last three years.
- FGCU returns nine starters from its 2013 A-Sun Championship Runner-Up team. Brittany Brown, Shea Rhoney, Paulina Speckmaier, Melissa Arnold, Julia Roddar, Kaitlin Parker, Ally Kasun, Emma Blackwell and Tabby Tindell all return for the Eagles.
- FGCU placed six student-athletes on the All-Conference First Team. Brown, Blackwell, Speckmaier, Kasun, Tindell and Shannen Wacker each earned spots. Defender Arnold took a spot on the Second Team.
- Tindell collected the A-Sun Player of the Year award by unanimous decision. The sophomore forward has 17 goals and 41 points to lead the conference this year. Defender Blackwell also claimed the Defender of the Year for the Eagles.
- Goalkeeper Brown leads the A-Sun in save percentage at .849 and GAA with a 0.62 mark. She adds nine shutouts to her 2014 campaign.
#5 Northern Kentucky
Record: 9-7-3; 3-3-1
Last Time in A-Sun Championship: First year in A-Sun Championship
No. 5 Seeds All-Time in A-Sun Championship: 7-10-6
- This marks the first year Northern Kentucky is eligible for the A-Sun Championship since joining the conference in 2012.
- The Norse faced off against North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla. on Nov. 1st. NKU registered one goal in each half to claim the first A-Sun Championship victory in program history. Aubrey Muench recorded the game-winning goal of the match and an assist in the second half.
- Goalkeeper Brooke Schocker earned the shutout after playing 90 minutes in net. She has started in 11 matches and carries a 1.29 GAA with 63 saves. Schocker holds a 7-4-1 record in 2014.
- Forward Macy Hamblin was announced as the 2014 A-Sun Freshman of the Year on Thursday afternoon. She leads the Norse with seven goals and 18 points, earning her a spot on the All-Conference First Team.
- Jessica Frey was the only other Northern Kentucky player to earn a postseason honor. Frey made the All-Freshman team with Hamblin and has tallied five goals for the Norse in 19 matches played.
- Northern Kentucky has won its last four matches and has not allowed a goal since October 15 at Louisville.