LAKEPOINT, Ga. – Two broken records and two shutouts paved the way for a sweep of the ASUN Conference's weekly honors for the FGCU women's soccer team. The newest ASUN record-holder Tabby Tindell was named the Player of the Week while Melissa Weck took home Defensive Player of the Week honors, conference officials announced Monday.
For Tindell (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic HS), the award is the second of the season and the 12th of her career, the most of any player in ASUN history. Meanwhile, Weck (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza HS) earns her first career weekly award.
Tindell entered the weekend on the verge of breaking two ASUN records and broke both while leading FGCU to a 2-0 start in ASUN play. FGCU opened the weekend against USC Upstate Friday evening with the senior forward needing three goals and five points to break the respective records.
It was the points record that was the first to fall with a six-point evening for Tindell against the Spartans. The forward was involved in all four goals in a 4-0 win for FGCU to open conference play. Tindell provided the assist to Emilie Olsen (Frekhaug, Norway/Tertnes VGS) to open the match before converting from the penalty spot herself to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead within the first six minutes of the match. Then in the 18th minute, history was made when Tindell scored her second of the day, giving her 149 career points. She would later add another, assisting on Olsen's second goal of the contest.
The record of 148 points was previously held by Jacksonville's Marit Foss (1997-200).
Tied with Centenary's Shelley Marusak (1993-1995) with 61 career goals, Tindell and the Eagles faced a disciplined NJIT side that withstood 34 shots in a 90-minute span. Tindell was held to zero shots in the opening 45 minutes but could not be shut down in the second half. The Ocala native ended the match with five shots and none more memorable than the final shot of the contest.
In the 89th minute, FGCU earned a corner with the match scoreless. The Highlanders had found a bit of luck in the form of four FGCU chances hitting the crossbar and a saved penalty attempt by goalkeeper Amelia Sapirman but the Green and Blue made the most of their final chance. Meaghan Mulligan's (Freehold, N.J./Colts Neck High School/Tennessee) corner was delivered perfectly to the back post where Jamie Finn (Dublin, Ireland/St. Finians Community College) headed it back across goal. The ball landed at the feet of Tindell who tapped in the winner, the 28th game-winner of her career, and 62nd career goal overall to break the record.
On the season, Tindell has 10 goals and six assists for a total of 26 points, all of which lead the ASUN. Nationally, Tindell is third in game-winning goals, 17th in total assists, sixth in total goals, and fourth in total points.
Weck's first weekly honor follows the sixth and seventh clean sheet of the goalkeeper's young career. The freshman made three saves to preserve the shutout Friday night against the Spartans, maintaining her spot atop the conference leaderboard in shutouts this season.
The Yorba Linda, Ca. native was slightly more active Sunday afternoon, recording four saves against the Highlanders to keep FGCU in a constant position to win the match.
In just her first season, Weck has already positioned herself among FGCU's best. Her seven shutouts is good for seventh in a single season at FGCU, meanwhile her 0.761 goals against average is also good for seventh all-time in a single season.
Weck also leads the conference in both aforementioned statistics. Additionally, the freshman is 51st nationally in goals against average and 9th in shutouts.
Tindell, Weck, and the Eagles have begun preparations for perhaps their toughest tests of the conference season. FGCU hits the road for crucial matches against Kennesaw State Friday and Lipscomb Sunday. The Owls (2-1-0) are currently tied with FGCU for second place with six points while the Lady Bisons (3-0-0) hold the top position with nine. FGCU has played one fewer match than both programs due to the postponement of the Stetson contest.