After winning the conference regular season and tournament titles and making the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance, Jim Blankenship’s Florida Gulf Coast Eagles are looking to build on their success in the Atlantic Sun title race.
Brief Bio: Atlantic Sun Conference Women’s Soccer
2011 League Champions: Florida Gulf Coast(w)
2011 Tourney Champions: Florida Gulf Coast(w)
Conference Offensive Player of the Year: Genna Petersen, East Tennessee State
Conference Defensive Player of the Year: Stephanie Power, Florida Gulf Coast(w)
Rookie of the Year: Jenna Caudle, East Tennessee State
Coach of the Year: Adam Sayers, East Tennessee State
Teams (Overall/Conference record)
Florida Gulf Coast(w) (14-5-2/7-1-1)
Jim Blankenship’s squad features some good players from the 2011 squad that advanced to t , he NCAA Tournament for the first time in the program’s history. They lose defensive mainstay KC Correllus, goalkeeper Stephanie Powers and top scorer Gina Petracco, but return Jennifer Crittenberger, Shannon Wacker, Melissa Arnold, Ashley Ciesielczyk, and Danielle Faller.
East Tennessee State (12-5-1/7-1-1)
Adam Sayers’ Buccaneers return seven starters from 2011, including Morgan Thomas , Ramey Kerns, Emilee Engelhaupt and Lindsey Bickel. Goalkeeper Caitlin Gaughan and leading scorer Genna Pettersen are among the key departures.
Brian Copham’s Dolphins return goalkeeper Sarah Sierra, Arianne Heaton, Kaitlyn Bassett, Liz Fink, Alexandra Lee and Rachel Weckhurst from a talented 2011 squad.
North Florida (9-10-2/4-4-1)
Linda Hamilton’s Ospreys return Lauren Hopfensperger, Michele Larrinaga, Martha Tracey, Carolina Lencina, Taylor Gillespie, Kathryn Shafer and goalkeeper Megan Dorsey.
Top returnees for the Bears of Tony Economopoulos include Casey Barrett, Rachel Buffalo and Danielle Hesse.
Kennesaw State (7-8-2/3-5-1)
Leading scorer Katrina Frost returns for the Owls, but coach Rob King will need to add some depth to the roster, which barely showed 11 players in the offseason.
Julie Orlowski’s Hatters return starters Kaisi Hartwick, Colleen O’Kennedy, Katie O’Kennedy, Alex Stanojev and Alyssa Welsh.
Kevin O’Brien is the new head coach of the Lady Bison. He welcomes back starting goalkeeper Erin Zerio, Stephanie Romero and Brittany Rupple,
USC Upstate (2-16-1/0-9-0)
After a winless league campaign in 2011, the Spartans welcome new head coach Abby Minihan. Returning starters include Michelle Calmeyn, Kayli Moore, Katelyn Allen, Katrina Savoy, Rachel Carr, Jessica Jackyra and Erika Kotterer.