Lillback’s Brace Leads Women’s Soccer to Victory over Bellarmine

Lillback’s Brace Leads Women’s Soccer to Victory over Bellarmine

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Two goals from sophomore Louise Lillback (Stockholm, Sweden/Tibble Gymnasium) propelled the FGCU Women’s Soccer team (5-5, 2-0 ASUN) to a 2-0 victory over Bellarmine (2-3-5, 0-2 ASUN), Sunday afternoon at Pickering Field.

Lillback now has four goals this season and three in the last two games after scoring the game-winner against Eastern Kentucky on Thursday.

“It was a good hard-fought win today by the team,” said head coach Jim Blankenship. “We were relentless and kept progressing and fortunately got rewarded with goals in the second half. It was very impressive to break down a really good team this afternoon.”

The Eagles took 16 shots on the afternoon, including 10 on goal while holding Bellarmine to just five shots with just one on goal. FGCU also held a slim 5-4 advantage on corner kicks.

In addition to Lillback’s goals, freshman Rosa Horskjær (Copenhagen, Denmark/Falkonergardens Gymnasium) and sophomore Leah Scarpelli (Brick, N.J./Brick Memorial/Penn State) each picked up points with assists.

Bellarmine was led by Sophie Bish, who took three shots including the lone shot on goal for the Knights.

FGCU put pressure on the Knights from the start, taking seven shots in the first half. Freshman Malaya Melancon had the best chance for the Eagles late in the first half as she was one-on-one with the keeper. However, the BU keeper stepped up and made the save.

In the 72nd minute, the Eagles broke through as Horskjaer sent the ball forward from midfield to Lillback, who beat her defender and fired a shot past the keeper.

Just a couple minutes later in the 76th minute, Lillback scored again, this time reeling in a long pass from Scarpelli before getting around her defender again and placed the ball perfectly between the keeper’s legs and into the back of the net.

The Eagles will now hit the road for two ASUN cross-divisional matches, beginning with Jacksonville State, Thursday evening at 8 p.m. before playing North Alabama, Sunday at 12 p.m.

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COACH JIM BLANKENSHIP

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 179-67-27 (.704) overall record through the first 15 seasons of the program’s existence, including an 88-17-15 (.794) mark in the ASUN. Blankenship’s impressive career record of 419-138-38 (.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.

 

 

 

 

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