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Women’s Soccer Begins Spring Campaign
          Release: 02/22/2012
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MIAMI (Feb. 22, 2012) - Coming off its second Sun Belt Conference title, the FIU women's soccer team has returned to the pitch for the spring season. The Panthers have played three games so far and have two more on the schedule for March.

FIU hosted the Canadian U17 National Team earlier in the month in an exhibition to kick off the spring. The Panthers then traveled to Gainesville, Fla., this past Saturday and played the Gators to a scoreless draw. FIU fell to Florida Gulf Coast the following day in Fort Myers, Fla.

"We had 12 field players to play with this weekend to take on two talented sides," Head Coach Thomas Chestnutt said. "The FGCU result was disappointing but it was good for the team. We have still been able to improve on things this spring."

The Panthers will head to Melbourne, Fla., for a match against Jacksonville on March 10, and still have an open date scheduled for March 24.

FIU is coming off one of its most successful seasons in program history, having won the 2011 SBC title and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 18 years.

About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 17 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.

About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and enrolls 46,000 students in two campus and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. More than 140,000 alumni live and work in South Florida. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 17 sports. In 2010 the Panthers won their first bowl game. For more information about FIU, visit

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