FORT MYERS, Fla. - The ASUN Women's Soccer Championship will hold its closing match on Sunday November 6th as the No. 1 Eagles take on the No. 2 Bisons in the Championship Final. The two top-seeds earned 2-1 wins Friday afternoon to qualify for the ultimate round. The match will kick off at 1 PM EST on ESPN3 held at the FGCU Soccer Complex.
Lipscomb started of the first match of the Semifinals, registering an electrifying 2-1 win in double overtime against the No. 3 Hatters. Stetson's Riana Metzger made a quick shot that snuck it's way behind Goalkeeper of the Year Anna Buhigas. Just 15 minutes later, Ellen Lundy evened the match heading in a long ball sent from Emily Rogers to force the match into overtime. The Bisons almost burned through two overtime periods, when Defensive Player of the Year Niamh Rawlins took advantage of a loose ball claiming the golden-goal with less than a minute to play. The Bisons enter Sunday's match tying the program record for single season wins with an overall record of 12-4-2.
Seven-time regular season champions FGCU defeated No. 4 Kennesaw State 2-1 in the second slated Semifinal match. Trailblazing All-Freshman selection Emilie Olsen lead the Eagles offense in the first half collecting three shots on goal. She found the back of the net in the 22nd minute off a pass sent from Tabby Tindell. ASUN Player of the Year Tindell materialized her own scoring opportunity, only one minute into the second half. Kennesaw State's sole goal came from Emely Sosa who notched a header off a corner kick in the 82nd minute.
Sunday's game is a duplicate matchup of the 2015 ASUN Final round. The Eagles exhibited a powerful performance, shutting out the Bisons in a 5-0 victory.
2016 ASUN Women's Soccer Championship Final
#1 FGCU vs. #2 Lipscomb | Sunday, November 6; 1 PM | ESPN3
#1 Seed vs. #2 Seed All-Time: 5-1-3
Last Match: FGCU 2, Lipscomb 2 OT (10/9/16; Nashville, Tenn.)
Record: 13-4-1; 6-0-1
A-Sun Championships: Four - 2011, 2012, 2014 & 2015
Last Time in ASUN Championship: 2015; ASUN Champion
No. 1 Seeds All-Time in ASUN Championship: 27-3-5
- FGCU will be making its sixth-straight appearance in the ASUN Champsionship final. The Eagles have advanced to the NCAA College Cup on four occasions.
- Four of FGCU's five current starters scored in last years Championship Final: Sarah Lowicki, Paulina Speckmaier, Tabby Tindell and Nikki Hudson.
- Unanimous ASUN Player of the Year Tabby Tindell tops the Eagles roster with 14 goals, 36 points and 71 shots taken. Tindell owns eight game-winning goals for 2016.
- Junior Meagan Mulligan moves up as the ASUN assist leader, dishing out nine for the season. Her season-assist record currently ranks fifth in program history.
- No. 1 seeds have not lost an ASUN Championship match since 2010 when No. 1 Jacksonville fell 1-0 to No. 2 Mercer.
- FGCU has never lost an ASUN Championship match with a record of 9-0-1. The Eagles are currently riding a four game win streak, and have not dropped a decision since Sept. 11th.
- The Eagles see four student-athletes on the ASUN First Team All-Conference, Paulina Speckmaier, Ashley Parks, Ali Rogers, and Tabby Tindell. Goalkeeper Melissa Weck, defender Lindsey Patton and forward Emilie Olsen grace the All-Freshman Team.
Record: 12-4-2; 5-1-1
Best ASUN Championship Finish: Final; 2015
No. 2 Seeds All-Time in ASUN Championship: 9-13-6
- Friday's double overtime victory marked the first for Lipscomb in ASUN Championship play after previously falling to Kennesaw State in 2014.
- Lipscomb has yet to notch a win in 11 meetings against the Eagles. Ties have occured occured between the two in 2008, 2013 and most recently in 2016.
- Senior Anna Buhigas is the first in ASUN history to recieve three-consecutive ASUN Goalkeeper of the Year Awards.
- The Bisons won all of their regular season conference road matches. Lipscomb notched back-to-back wins at Kennesaw State, Jacksonville and North Florida.
- Junior Ellen Lundy has netted five goals in conference play alone. Lundy was responsible for both goals in Lipscomb's last matchup against FGCU.
- The Bisons claim the most players on the ASUN All Conference First-Team, seeing Defensive Player of the Year Niamh Rawlins, Ellen Lundy, Anna Buhigas, Olivia Doak and Scholar Athlete of the Year Natalie Duboise.
- Doak and Lundy tie for third place in the ASUN collecting seven goals for 2016. Doak also ranks fourth in the league for points owning 17 on the season.