FORT MYERS, Fla. - Two first-half goals from the Atlantic Sun Women's Soccer Player of the Year, Tabby Tindell, guided FGCU to a 3-1 victory against Kennesaw State in the 2014 A-Sun Championship Final. Tindell collected Championship MVP honors as she tallied five points in the final and seven throughout the tournament with three goals and an assist.
Tindell struck first in the 18th minute with a run through the middle of the field on an assist from Shannen Wacker, an All-Tournament selection. It marked Wacker's 15th assist on the season, which moved her into a tie for sixth-most in A-Sun history.
The sophomore forward added her second goal of the match in the 39th minute as she stole the ball in KSU's defensive end and delivered a chip shot to push FGCU's advantage to 2-0. The two-goal effort moved Tindell's season total to 20; tied for eighth in league history.
Kennesaw State cut into the Eagles lead in the 72nd minute as Maggie Gaughan collected an Iyani Hughes cross and sent the ball into the net for her sixth goal of the season. With the A-Sun Championship Final still in doubt, FGCU's Wacker tallied her seventh goal this year on a pass from Tindell.
The final score pushed Tindell's season point total to 48, which sits as the ninth-most for a single-season in the conference record books. With the win, FGCU extended its program record for wins as the Eagles sit at 17-3 on the year having won its last 13 games heading into the NCAA Tournament.
FGCU will learn its next opponent on Monday, Nov. 10th during the NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament Selection Show streamed live on NCAA.com at 4:30 p.m.
- Tindell extended her A-Sun single-season record with her 11th game-winning goal. She leads the NCAA this season as well.
- FGCU's 17 wins are tied for fourth-most in A-Sun history.
- Tindell's 35 career goals are 12th-most in A-Sun history, while her 16 career game-winners is second-best.
- Wacker's 27 career assists are ninth-best in the league record books.
2014 Atlantic Sun Women's Soccer Championship Team
Tabby Tindell, FGCU - Championship MVP
Shannen Wacker, FGCU
Emma Blackwell, FGCU
Ally Kasun, FGCU
Maggie Gaughan, Kennesaw State
Iyani Hughes, Kennesaw State
Danielle Gray, Kennesaw State
Macy Hamblin, Northern Kentucky
Aubrey Muench, Northern Kentucky
Emily Shuler, Lipscomb
Shelby Auterhoff, Lipscomb
Match Minute Report
1' to 15' - FGCU held a majority of the possession. The Eagles recorded two shots and two corners, but the match remained scoreless. KSU avoided an early deficit on an offsides call that negated an FGCU goal. No subs in the first 15 minutes.
GOAL - 18' - FGCU 1, Kennesaw State 0
Tabby Tindell with a run down the middle and received a through ball to beat Olivia Sturdivant low on the breakaway.
16' to 30' - FGCU takes an early lead in the 18th minute and continued to control possession. Kaitlin Parker came in for Shannen Wacker for the first sub of the match. Kennesaw State forced two-straight FGCU offside calls. FGCU held a 4-1 advantage on shots.
GOAL - 39' - FGCU 2, Kennesaw State 0
Tindell took advantage of a Kennesaw State misplay from the defense and chipped a shot right over Sturdivant for the second goal of the match.
31' to 45' - Both teams took chances just outside of the 18. FGCU's constant pressure caused costly Kennesaw State mistakes.
HALFTIME BREAKDOWN - FGCU 2, Kennesaw State 0
Corner Kicks: FGCU 3, KSU 0; Fouls: FGCU 6, KSU 5; Offside: FGCU 3, KSU 0; Shots: FGCU 10, KSU 3; Shots on Goal: FGCU 4, KSU 2; Saves: FGCU 2, KSU 2
46' to 60' - Even play started the half with FGCU recording the only shot of the early part of the half. Tindell hit the crossbar and missed a hat trick by inches. Alma Gardarsdottir subbed out for Abby Roth.
GOAL - 72' - FGCU 2, Kennesaw State 1
Maggie Gaughan scored the first goal for the Owls off a nice pass from Iyani Hughes and brought Kennesaw State within one score.
61' to 75' - Substitutions came from both sides as players became tired. FGCU pushed the attack after allowing the goal from Gaughan.
GOAL - 83' - FGCU 3, Kennesaw State 1
After a deflection from a Kennesaw State defender, Shannen Wacker found space and scored FGCU's third goal of the match.
76' to 90' - FGCU added one more goal for insurance. Mass substitutions in the final few minutes brought the Final to a close.
FULLTIME BREAKDOWN - FGCU 3, Kennesaw State 1
Corner Kicks: FGCU 6, KSU 0; Fouls: FGCU 10, KSU 15; Offside: FGCU 8, KSU 0; Shots: FGCU 19, KSU 7; Shots on Goal: FGCU 7, KSU 4; Saves: FGCU 3, KSU 4