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Zoey Spitzer will train with her FGCU soccer teammates in 2019. The senior defender is an all-conference preseason election and a graduate of Gulf Coast High School. She is one of several Southwest Florida players on the team entering the 2021 spring season, which begins Sunday.

Florida State and Florida have faced the FGCU women’s soccer team before. It has not been on the home pitch.

At 1 p.m. Sunday, the Eagles will face the Gators (0-4-1), at Pickering Field at FGCU Soccer Complex. The No. The No. 1 Seminoles will be in Fort Myers at 7 p.m. on Thursday

Jim Blankenship of FGCU is the first coach to be appointed in school history. We are excited to provide this kind of soccer for our students and community. Our support has been phenomenal here, so we’re expecting big crowds.”

When they played Auburn in the NCAA first round in 2014 in front 2,014 people, the women lost 1-0. Tickets to FGCU home games cost $7 per adult, $5 per military member and $5 per child 4-12.

Zoey Spitzer (defender), a Gulf Coast High graduate and a graduate student in FGCU, said that she hopes to get as many people as possible. “We need as many fans as possible to be as loud as possible, intimidate them a little bit. This is where we are most proud and this is our home.

FGCU has played six Gators, three of which were in the NCAA Tournament. Each of them were in Gainesville. These games have seen the Eagles outscored 20-1. The Eagles also lost a game in which they scored a goal, in a early-season 3-1 defeat in 2013. These two teams played last in 2019’s regular season. The Gators won the match 4-0.

Spitzer stated, after his 2019 match against the Gators: “We’re really excited.” We’re eager to keep our momentum going, continue working hard together as a team and make a big statement especially at home. 

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FGCU only lost to Florida State once. It was 4-0.

“It’s definitely exciting to have two of the top teams in our state, and one top team in the nation come here,” said defender Syniah Clark, an Ida Baker grad who also is a graduate student. We get to play them at our home, so we can use our fans in our favor. This helps us get ready for the conference. I think it’s just an exciting time.”

They are now just 2-2-0, but they do it after winning 3-2 at FIU on Wednesday. The Eagles had previously lost to NCAA Division II Lynn by 2-0 on August 26th, and trailed Loyola Chicago by 2-0 on Sunday. However, the game was abandoned due to inclement weather. The Vols’ other defeat was against the defending champion of the SEC Division II, Tennessee, which they lost 6-0 in Knoxville. The Vols rank 22nd.

Blankenship said, “Wednesday night was huge for our confidence.” “We did well. We are excited for the chance. We are gaining confidence. We are starting to be more confident. “We’re excited to continue building upon that.”

Clark and Spitzer are both defenders, but Clark scored goals against FIU in the first period.

Spitzer stated that “recent experience is relative because last year wasn’t really an actual season” referring to the shorter season and the fact that the season ended in spring due to the outbreak of coronavirus. It was definitely necessary to win. A win was needed to gain some confidence for sure.”

“(The win) really helps mentally with our team to have the momentum going forward because these two games are not going to be easy,” Clark said.

Gators have had a difficult season so far.

Florida State defeated Florida State 5-2 on Thursday. This was Tony Amato’s first season as coach. Kit Loferski scored the Gators’ first goal, and the Seminoles responded with five more goals. Shaye Selffart was out of the game due to COVID-19-related quarantine. The Seminoles then scored the fifth five goals. The record shows that three of five Gators’ opponents were top-20.

Amato stated, “I believe every time we take a step, regardless of whether it’s practice or a match, I think that is what has happened.” “We are trying to increase our work efficiency and learn what it takes for us to succeed at this level. We played No. We played the No. 1 team in this country. We had moments of excellence in this game, but there are many more things we can do to make it up.

Florida Gators forward Kit Loferski (6) blocks out Alabama Crimson Tide midfielder Felicia Knox (18) during the Florida Gators vs. Alabama Crimson Tide soccer game at the Donald R. Dizney Stadium in Gainesville, FL on Sunday, October 4, 2020.

Clark and Spitzer know that no matter how good the Gators record, the play level will differ.

Spitzer stated that the speed of play was different. We have to be more focused than other teams. Our goal is to get in the best spots as soon as possible. You must be organized.

It’s both more physically and mentally demanding at the same time.

The Eagles’ stretch goes beyond just the Gators and Seminoles. On Sept. 12, they play FAU, then take on USF (which is just outside the Top 25) on Sept. 19.

Blankenship wants his team to have the best possible experience so they can make progress on what is really important.

He stated, “We have enough experience to realize that this conference is ultimately about us.” In a few weeks we will be starting 0-0 just like everyone else across the country when league play begins.

“We love the Floridas, Florida States UCFs, South Floridas UCFs and South Floridas FAUs. They add such an opportunity not only for us in our ability to play at this level but also the confidence that we can carry over to our conference play.”

Greg Hardwig is the sports reporter at The News-Press (Naples Daily News) and The News-Press. Follow him on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @NDN_Ghardwig, email him at [email protected] Support local journalism with this special subscription offer at https://cm.naplesnews.com/specialoffer/

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