MACON, Ga. (October 22, 2007) - ETSU faced quite a challenge on Sunday afternoon as the Buccaneers hosted the Kennesaw State Owls, undefeated in conference play at 7-0 and winners of 12 straight. However, after allowing an early goal, ETSU freshman midfielder Kelly Brinkman scored from 40 yards out in the middle of the second half to tie the match. Eight minutes later, she assisted on the game-winning goal, setting up Jordan Monty. For helping spearhead the upset, the conference named Brinkman, a Clearwater, Fla. native, the offensive Player of the Week on Monday.
The win moved the Buccaneers into the seventh spot among schools eligible for the Conference Championship, two points behind four teams tied for third place. The Buccaneers have three A-Sun games remaining on the schedule. ETSU goes on the road this weekend for matches against two schools ranked higher in the standings, at Florida Gulf Coast on Friday and at Stetson on Sunday. Stetson holds a share of the four-way tie for third.
Brinkman's first A-Sun Player of the Week award came after she netted a penalty kick to lift the Bucs to a 1-0 victory over Western Carolina and clinched the inaugural ETSU Invitational crown on September 16.
The Atlantic Sun Conference is a 12-member league committed to Building Winners for Life, with a focus on academic and athletic integrity and a balance between the two for the student-athlete, and maintaining a high level of sportsmanship. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun encompasses six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun consists of some of the most dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Gardner-Webb University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.
Other Top Performers
Megan Armstrong, MER (Jr. - D - Mt. Juliet, Tenn. - Psychology) -- Key defender on Mercer midfield, helped lead Bears to 4th shutout in 1-0 win at ETSU; Followed up with solid outing against USC Upstate.
Elizabeth Fink, JU (Fr. - MF - Cumming, Ga. - Undeclared) -- Scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in the shutout win over Campbell.
Lindsay Haw, FGCU (Fr. - F - Palm City, Fla. - Undeclared) -- Led the Eagles to two conference road wins at Lipscomb and Belmont; Scored 2 goals at Lipscomb, her third multi-goal game of the season.
Rachel Van Horn, ETSU (Fr. - GK - Thousand Oaks, Calif. - Business Management) -- Continued to step in at goalkeeper due to injury; Made four saves on shots on goal by KSU's Dingle and Phillips.