|Women's Soccer Headed to A-Sun Final Four|
Alexis Hermosa delivers the game-winner over UNF in quarterfinals.
DeLand, Fla. - The Hatters are off to the Atlantic Sun Conference Final Four this weekend hosted by Jacksonville University. Stetson has reached the semifinals for the second year in a row and for the fifth time in the last eight seasons under Head Coach Julie Orlowski.
The #6 seed Hatters will take on #2 seed Mercer University Bears on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. followed by #4 Kennesaw State versus #1 Jacksonville at 7:00 p.m. The semifinal winners will play for the championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.
Stetson will be taking on Mercer in their first-ever post-season meeting. The Hatters defeated the Bears 5-1 at the Stetson Soccer Complex on October 3. That was the last loss for Mercer who has since gone on a four-game winning streak and comes into the tournament with an overall record of 8-8-1.
"It is always tough to beat a team twice in one season", said Stetson head coach Julie Orlowski. "We will likely see two different teams out there and it will be a hard fought battle to the end."
"We hope to see another enthusiastic crowd of Stetson supporters like we did on Saturday against UNF", she added.
Stetson (8-10-1) reached the semifinal round after defeating #3 UNF 1-0 in Jacksonville on Saturday. Junior defender Alexis Hermosa broke the scoreless tie and tallied the winning goal on a free kick with just 70 seconds remaining in regulation.
Stetson is led by seniors Tessa Gavilsky and Katie Bitetto who this season earned first and second team all-conference recognition respectively. Gavilsky leads the league in scoring with 23 points and also in assists with nine. Bitetto is tied for second in the A-Sun in assists with seven.
Mercer is led by a trio of all-conference performers. Senior Defender Kacie Hudson and Junior Midfielder Olivia Tucker were voted first team and Senior Forward Sara Elliot made the second team. Hudson is the leading scorer for the Bears with 14 points.
Every game in this season's conference tournament will be broadcast free of charge on A-Sun TV. Hatter fans can find more information by going to www.atlanticsun.org.