FORT MYERS, Fla. – The FGCU women’s soccer team (13-3-4, 7-0-2 Atlantic Sun) out-shot Jacksonville University (12-7-1, 6-3 A-Sun) 31-7 in Sunday afternoon’s A-Sun Championship Game but were unable to find the back of the net and ultimately fell 5-3 in penalty kicks after double-overtime failed to produce a winner.
The title of A-Sun Tournament MVP would go to Jacksonville goalkeeper Sarah Sierra who stood on her head for the Dolphins in this one, making 10 saves and coming out the net to clear away potentially dangerous crosses on numerous occasions. The game came down to penalty kicks after 110 minutes of action where one miss would doom the Eagles as Jacksonville was able to go 5-5 with their tries to deny FGCU a third-consecutive A-Sun championship.
“Obviously I’m very proud of our team, the season we had and our performance today,” head coach Jim Blankenship added. “We had so many opportunities to go ahead and you don’t want to get to that moment where it winds up going to PK’s but our kids had a good attitude about it and they pushed forward. You have to tip your hats to them, their goalkeeping was unbelievable today. She really was outstanding and the Defensive Player of the Year (Ally Lee) lived up to that billing … We’re disappointed but that’s sports, if you do it long enough you wind up on both ends and it’s not fun, but you have to use it motivate and drive yourself. There’s nothing good about losing and you have to be sure to respect that moment. We went after the game and credit to them they withstood all of the pressure and made big play after big play.”