Slow Start Dooms Eagles in Loss to Jacksonville !– OnMyWay Mobile App User News


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – In a defensive battle, the FGCU women’s soccer team (8-7, 5-2 ASUN) fell to Jacksonville, 1-0, in an ASUN contest, Thursday evening.

The Dolphins (6-7-3, 1-5-1 ASUN) got a goal from Anna Remensnyder in the 23rd minute to take the lead and were able to hold on the rest of the way.

“Tough result tonight,” said head coach Jim Blankenship. “We got punished for a poor start and our fight to get back in it was just too late. Credit to Jacksonville, they got one early and made it stand.”

The Eagles took 13 shots, but managed just two shots on goal while Jacksonville took six shots, two of which were on target, including the goal by Remensnyder.

Freshman Olivia Lindstedt (Gluumslov, Sweden/Malmo Idrottsgymnasium) led the Eagles with three shots. In goal, junior Katie Sullivan (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton North HS/Creighton) made one save.

The Eagles could not get anything going in the first half as they managed just three shots, none of which were on target.

In the second half, FGCU was more aggressive, taking 10 shots. Lindstedt had a couple of chances with about 30 minutes left, but both her shots were off-target.

FGCU had one of its best chances of the night in the final minute when freshman Kajsa Lang (Kalmar, Sweden/Stagneliusskolan) received the ball on the edge of the six-yard box and took a shot on her first touch. However, the JU goalkeeper was there to make the save.

A veteran of over two decades in collegiate coaching, head coach Jim Blankenship, who was named the ASUN Coach of the Year in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2019, has built FGCU women’s soccer into a yearly contender in the ASUN Conference and a rising program in the South Region in just 13 seasons. Blankenship started the program in 2007 and has since guided the Eagles to 13 double-digit win seasons, culminating with ASUN Regular Season Championships in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019. In 2011 and 2012 he also led the Eagles to back-to-back ASUN Tournament titles as they became the first team in the history of the university to make it to the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles went on to win the 2014 ASUN Tournament and hosted the first NCAA Championship event on campus. The Eagles earned their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance with the 2015 ASUN Tournament Championship and won their first NCAA game at USF in 2015 while finishing 24th in the nation. In 2016, the Eagles made it three-consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament with a third-straight ASUN Tournament title. A year later, the Eagles became the first ASUN women’s soccer program to make four-straight NCAA Tournaments with another tournament title in 2017. Blankenship has guided FGCU to a 182-68-27 (.706) overall record through the first 15 seasons of the program’s existence, including an 91-18-15 (.820) mark in the ASUN. Blankenship’s impressive career record of 422-139-38 (.736) over 31 seasons has come while leading FGCU, the University of Miami, Lynn University and St. Thomas University.

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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 85 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 14+ seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just ten seasons of D-I postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 42 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. Eight FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport – including women’s basketball (No. 21, 2020-21), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2021) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) as three of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Green and Blue posted a department-best sixth-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 showing nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and state of Florida best seven teams earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their Academic Progress Rate in their sport. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester and has outperformed the general University undergraduate population for 23 consecutive semesters. The 2019 Fall, 2020 Spring, 2020 Fall, and 2021 Spring semesters each saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher team GPA. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.