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November 1, 2005
3 Argonauts Seek First GSC Title Since 1999
PENSACOLA, FLA. West Florida womens head coach Joe Bartlinski has put together some impressive accomplishments since taking over as Argonauts head coach in 2001. Bartlinski has recorded a 71-11-5 (.816) overall record, a 30-3-1 Gulf South Conference record, three GSC Tournament appearances and three NCAA Tournament appearances. One thing missing is a GSC title.
the GSC Tournament at Pensacolas Brosnaham Park, and a Friday semifinal
match against fourth seed West Georgia, Bartlinski is looking to add a
GSC title to his resume.
Florida comes into the tournament as the number one seed with a 17-0-2
record, including 10-0 in the conference. It is the Argonauts first unbeaten
regular season in team history. West Florida also enters the tournament
on a 22-match unbeaten streak.
Everyone realizes that they are a part of a special team, said West Florida head coach Joe Bartlinski. They are anxious to prove how good they are to themselves and others.
believes this years tournament is a great opportunity for his team,
especially for the players who endured the hurricane-shortened season
last year. There
is probably more pressure to win for the upperclassmen since they know
they only have a few opportunities left, said Bartlinski. This
group of players has endured so much since last years chance to
participate in the tournament was taken away from them.
Florida has eight players in double-digit point totals, including three
players with more than 10 goals and 30 points. Mauricia Nicholson set
a single-season school record with 38 points. She has recorded a point
in 14 of the Argonauts 19 matches. Brianna Oeser has collected 34 points
on 17 goals. Earlier this season, Oeser set career records for most goals
and points. She is currently one goal shy of tying her own record for
most goals in a season. Patricia Toledo has also tallied 34 points on
12 goals and 10 assists. West Florida has scored 77 goals this season
while only allowing nine goals for a 0.46 goals against average.
will face West Georgia for the second time in a week in Fridays
semifinal at 1:30 p.m. The winner of that match will face the winner of
the second seed Lincoln Memorial and third seed Central Arkansas match
for the GSC title at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
West Florida defeated West Georgia 3-2 last Friday in Carrollton, Ga. in the first meeting between the schools. West Georgia, playing in their first season in the GSC, earned a trip to Pensacola after a 13-6-1 overall record, including 5-3-1 in the conference. The Braves are led by Sara Sohlberg, who finished the regular season as the top scorer in the conference. Sohlberg collected 60 points on 27 goals and six assists. Brittany Carr also finished in the conference top ten in goals with ten.
this stage of the season, every team is difficult to beat because we will
only be facing good teams, said Bartlinski. West Georgia has
several attacking options, with Maz Sweeney setting up a lot of their
goals, said Bartlinski. They have several dangerous scorers
Tournament will be held in Pensacola for the first time since 1997. It
will be different for us to host the tournament instead of traveling this
time of year, said Bartlinski. It will be great for us to
play in front of our home fans, and it will help keep the players focused
on academics and athletics.
Florida will be making their ninth appearance in the GSC Tournament. The
Argonauts won the first GSC Tournament in 1996. They also won titles in
1998 and 1999. West Florida has an 11-5 record in tournament play, including
an 8-0 record in the semifinals. Thirty-six Argonauts have been named
to the All-Tournament Team, more than any other school. Four players,
including Nicholson, have been named the GSC Tournament Most Outstanding
The match will be broadcasted on Stretch Internet. You can listen to the match on the Internet by going to www.uwf.edu/athletics and clicking on the Stretch Internet icon. You can also listen over the phone by dialing 1-866-355-6937, press 2, and then enter code 27467 followed by the # key at the prompt.