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FORT MYERS, Fla. - FGCU defeated Kennesaw State 2-1 in the 2016 ASUN Women's Soccer Championship Semifinals to advance to the final round on Sunday. The Eagles will play a rematch of the last year's final, as they face No.2 Lipscomb for the crown Sunday at 1 PM ET on ESPN3. The No. 2 Bisons defeated No. 3 Stetson in double overtime, 2-1, earlier in the day.
Freshman Emilie Olsen netted the opening goal in today's match, notching her sixth of the season. Olsen chipped a shot over the head of Owls keeper Mady Carter to put FGCU on the board in the 22nd minute. All-Freshman selection Melissa Weck faced a bevy of shots from the Owls. She notched two diving saves sent from KSU's Ashtah Das and senior Kim Fincher. The Eagles closed out the first half owning a 10-6 shot advantage over the Owls, with four of those shots on goal.
FGCU came out of the gate showcasing a commanding presence in the second half. Senior Tabby Tindell found the back of the net just one minute into the second period, with the assist credited to both Ali Rogers and Meaghan Mulligan. Mulligan now leads the ASUN in assists, dishing out her ninth of the season.
Kennesaw State saw a solid attempt five minutes later from leading point-scorer Fincher. Fincher's shot sailed just wide of the net. The Owls finally saw success late in the second half thanks to a header off a set piece. Monica Herrera sent a corner kick that met with Emily Sosa who tapped it in.
The Owls season ends with a 10-8-1 record in year one under Head Coach Benji Walton, while FGCU improves to 13-4-1 as the Eagles secured its sixth-straight season with at least 13 victories. FGCU will be making its sixth-straight appearance in the ASUN Championship Final where they have advanced to the NCAA College Cup on four occasions.
FGCU vs. Kennesaw State Additional Championship Notes
- Both teams closed out the match with 17 shots with 8 of those shots on goal. FGCU's Emilie Olsen claimed three shots on goal in the first half alone.
- Player of the Year Tabby Tindell netted her 14th goal of the season
- All-Freshman Goalkeeper Melissa Weck grabbed seven saves in today's match