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Lady Falcons Soccer Team Closes Out Season

The Lady Falcons soccer team closes out their 2016 season with three back to back wins and a new program best for win-loss record. The team’s head coach, Tim Hanlon, is thrilled to see the team’s success.

“I couldn’t be more proud of their efforts this season,” Hanlon said. “I knew we had a special group of girls at the beginning of the season with lots of potential, and it is exciting to see them get rewarded for all their hard work.”

Last weekend, the Lady Falcons played the final three games of their schedule in just three days and came away with three shutout wins against Hiwassee College and USCAA opponents Warren Wilson College and Johnson & Wales University of Charlotte. These victories rounded out a six-game winning streak to complete the regular season.

“The girls played very well having three shutouts which is a huge accomplishment and statement,” Hanlon said.

Sandra Rico, a sophomore from Ruskin, Florida, played a key role in the Lady Falcons success by scoring the game-winning goals in all three of last weekend’s matches. Rico is leading the team offensively with a total of 15 goals and five assists on the season. She also earned this week’s USCAA Women’s Soccer Player of the Week honors.

The Lady Falcons have focused on one game at a time and finished the regular season with a record of 11-3-1, a program best. The previous program record was 11-4, earned in 2010 when Hanlon led the team to their first appearance at the USCAA national tournament. The Lady Falcons also had nine total shutouts and only 10 goals allowed in the 2016 season’s 15 games, which are also program records.

Currently ranked ninth in the 2016 USCAA Fall Coaches Poll, the Lady Falcons are looking forward to receiving one of the 12 bids to the national tournament in November. The team refuses to become complacent as they prepare to represent Florida College at the national tournament.

“We have had an amazing regular season and broken some records for the women’s soccer program, but ultimately we aren’t finished yet,” Hanlon said. “The girls are very much ready to work hard in practices and determined to continue our success at nationals.”

Watch the USCAA bid selection shows online at theuscaa.com on Tuesday, Nov. 1, and follow @falconbeat on Instagram and Twitter to keep up with the Lady Falcons as they head to the national tournament.