The FGCU women’s soccer team saw their season come to a close Saturday at the hands of USF in Tampa, as the Bulls bounced the Eagles 3-0 from the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
USF punched in a pair of goals in the second half to remove any hope of an FGCU comeback.
Leah Ferlin made it 2-0 in the 79th minute, then four minutes later Aubrey Megrath scored to put it out of reach.
The Eagles had a chance for an equalizer moments earlier as Holly Fritz nearly found Silvana Gordon in perfect position inside the box, but the Bulls managed to clear it away just before their goal barrage.
Saturday ended a season which saw a vastly retooled roster after a slew of graduations.
“It’s a little bit bittersweet, it’s a huge accomplishment for our program and our team, but we want to build our program to where days like this are different outcomes,” FGCU coach Jim Blankenship said. “This year we brought in 14 new players, a whole new team. To turn out the way it did I don’t think people expected that so I’m proud of our team.”
FGCU’s one tournament win in program history came against USF in 2015. The Eagles have made the NCAA Tournament six times since becoming eligible in 2011.
VOLLEYBALL DROPS SEASON FINALE; ASUN TOURNEY NEXT
The FGCU volleyball team enters next week’s Atlantic Sun tournament as the No. 3 seed, after dropping their season finale to conference regular season champion Kennesaw State in four sets, 12-25, 30-28, 29-27, 25-18.
The Eagles were already locked into third going into the day, but had the chance to play spoiler for the Owls, winning the first set. But after sneaking through a pair of close sets that went long, the Owls closed the door with a 25-18 final set win.
Amanda Carroll led the Eagles with 26 kills.
The conference tournament begins Thursday in Nashville, where the Eagles will play No. 6 USC-Upstate. The Eagles swept the Spartans in the regular season, winning one match in straight sets, and three sets to one in the other.
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