GAME NOTES: No. 2 UWF to Host Invitational

first_img PENSACOLA, Fla. –  The No. 2 ranked West Florida women’s soccer team kicks off the 2010 season this weekend by hosting the Invitational at the UWF Soccer Complex in Pensacola.  Barry and Nova Southeastern from the Sunshine State Conference will make the trip up to the Florida panhandle, while North Alabama will head south to join West Florida in representing the best of the Gulf South Conference.COMPLETE GAME NOTESNOTES & PROGRAMS PAGEFRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 35:00 p.m. – Barry vs. North Alabama 7:30 p.m. – Nova Southeastern vs. West Florida SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 511:00 a.m. – North Alabama vs. Nova Southeastern1:30 p.m. – Barry vs. West FloridaNO. 2 … AGAIN: The Argonauts are ranked No. 2 in the NSCAA Division II Preseason Coaches’ Poll for the second straight year.  UWF is in a familiar spot, as the team has finished both of the last two seasons at No. 2.  Defending national champion Grand Valley State is this year’s preseason No. 1 team, followed by No. 2 UWF, No. 3 Saint Rose and No. 4 Cal State Dominguez Hills.FAMILIAR FLORIDA FOES: The Argonauts start the 2010 schedule with five straight games and six of their first seven against teams from the Sunshine State Conference.  As the only Gulf South Conference school in the state of Florida, UWF has plenty in common with teams from the SSC.  The highlight of the schedule will be next Friday, as UWF hosts No. 13 Rollins.  The Argonauts and Tars have faced each other in several epic battles over the last two seasons, including regular season and NCAA postseason play.GOING STREAKING: West Florida has put together some amazing streaks over the program’s history, and the Argos hold a few current streaks worthy of mention.  After finishing last year 22-0-1 – the one tie came in the national semifinals – the team holds a 23-game unbeaten streak.  The Argos also hold a 20-game home winning streak, a 29-game home unbeaten streak and a 23-game road winning streak.  Perhaps the most impressive of all is the team’s GSC track record; the team has not lost a regular season GSC game since 2003, a streak spanning 42 games and seven seasons.  Since Joe Bartlinski took over, the Argonauts hold a record of 61-3-1 (.946) in regular season GSC play, having lost no more than one game in any season.GSC ALL-TIME TEAM: UWF boasted 21 total selections to the GSC All-Time Soccer Team, including 13 women’s players, it was announced by the conference office over the summer.  Joe Bartlinski was named the top coach in the 14-year history of the GSC, and six former Argos were first team selections. UWF Selections to GSC All-Time Team: First Team: Courtney Jones (2006-09) First Team: Shameka Gordon (2008-09) First Team: Marcela Franco (2005-09) First Team: Dernelle Mascall (2007-09) First Team: Brook Pace (1997-00) First Team: Shaneka Gordon (2008-09) Second Team: Mandy Harland (1996-99) Second Team: CiCi Marrero (2002-05) Second Team: Lindsay Nemanich (2002-06) Honorable Mention: Anna Thorsteinsdottir (2003-04) Honorable Mention: Shakira Duncan (2009) Honorable Mention: Mauricia Nicholson (2002-06)BRAINS ON THE BENCH: UWF is proud to have graduating senior and CoSIDA Academic All-American Courtney Jones returning to the team this year as an assistant coach.  Jones was the winner of the 2009-10 GSC Commissioner’s Trophy, awarded to the top male and female student-athlete across all sports and recognizing excellence on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.  The former goalkeeper is also an NCAA record holder, as her 17 shutouts in 2008 are the most for any player in Division II women’s soccer.PRESEASON GSC FAVORITES: For the seventh straight year, West Florida is the preseason pick to win the Gulf South Conference, according to the GSC coaches’ poll.  The Argos have won six GSC championships, the most in conference history.  UWF received six first place votes and one second place vote; North Alabama, picked to place second, received the other two possible first place votes. GSC PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL 1. West Florida – 48 (6)  2. North Alabama – 42 (2)  3. Christian Brothers – 37  4. Harding – 31  5. West Georgia – 23 6. Alabama-Huntsville – 21 7. Ouachita Baptist – 12 8. Delta State – 10RELOADING: With eight starters graduating from last year’s record-setting squad, head coach Joe Bartlinski has his work cut out for him this year.  The group of returners is led by reigning National Player of the Year Shakira Duncan, and she will be joined by midfielders Monica Malavassi and Jordan Stone.  With those three attacking players returning, much of the turnover will be on the defensive end, as UWF lost goalkeeper Courtney Jones as well as starting defenders Shameka Gordon, Kaley Morris and Anastasia Prescott.CANADIAN NEWCOMER: After having coached two National Players of the Year and 17 All-Americans, Joe Bartlinski has quite a track record for bringing in top level talent.  Jodi-Ann Robinson may be his most impressive recruit yet, as Robinson comes to UWF as a fixture on the Canadian national team.  The British Columbia native made her debut with the Canada U-17 junior national team at the age of 16 and never looked back.  The striker has played for Canada in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the FIFA World Cup in China in 2007, and she has totaled six goals in 42 matches playing for the senior national team.BETWEEN THE POSTS: Courtney Jones got the start in the first game of her collegiate career in 2006 at Metro State, and seven saves later she made a believer out of Coach Bartlinski and went on to start every game of her four year career.  Of the three goalkeepers on the roster this year, junior transfer Ali Ryan appears to be the favorite to take over for Jones.  Ryan, a native of Batemans Bay, Australia, is a former teammate of Shakira Duncan at Darton College.NCAA LEADER: Joe Bartlinski took over at West Florida in 2001, and since that point UWF has won more games (150) and held a higher winning percentage (.858) than all other NCAA schools in the state of Florida.  Florida State is a close second (149, .726).Print Friendly Version Sophomore midfielder Monica Malavassi is one of three starters returning for 2010 (Photo by John Blackie) Sharecenter_img GAME NOTES: No. 2 UWF to Host Invitationallast_img

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