Depening on what happans tonight between Middle Tennessee State and Western Kentucky, the women's soccer team will head into next week's Sun Belt Conference tournament either as a No. 2 seed or No. 3 seed after beating FAU Thursday night 2-1 on a pair of goals from Chelsea Leiva.
A Middle win vaults it over FIU and North Texas into the No. 1 seed and pushes FIU down to third. A tie puts Middle, FIU and North Texas in a three-way tie at 8-1-1 (25 points), but still puts FIU in third because FIU has the worst record in intrateam competition (0-1-1) among the three. North Texas beat Middle Tennessee and tied FIU, so would get No. 1. Middle would get No. 2. A Middle loss leaves FIU where it sits now, as the No. 2 seed.
No matter the seeding, the preseason Sun Belt favorites and defending champions go into the tournament as the hottest team, on a five-game winning streak and seven-game unbeaten streak. The 1-1 tie at North Texas was the last game FIU (11-5-2) didn't win.
Leiva's two goals give her 10 for the season and pulled her into the team goals and scoring (25 points) lead over sophomore Scarlett Montoya (nine and 22, respectively). Freshman midfielder Madlen Weinhardt has a team-high nine assists.
FIU Stadium was half full for the home opener, back when bowls, rankings and conference titles remained in FIU's possible future. When you start from that, you know that at 1-7, ticket sales could be so slow and crowds so sparse that marketing becomes a red light district of ideas.
So it is on Thursday that FIU announced Saturday's game against Western Kentucky will be dedicated to Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Free tickets for staff, students and their families! All they have to do is fill out the form below, print it out and bring it with them Saturday an hour before the game to Gate 8. They give up information abou themselves and get free tickets. Sounds like a football version of a timeshare seminar.