Oct. 18, 2012
Last Sunday’s Senior Day match could not have gone any better for goalkeeper Ashley Lantes. The three-year starter and four-year letter winner broke the women’s soccer program’s record for career saves AND FAU posted a 2-1 overtime victory over the University of Louisiana. The win – the Owls’ second straight – has helped the team’s postseason tournament status coming down to the final two weeks of the fall season.
Lantes, a Clermont, Fla. native, made six saves in the victory. Two days earlier, she had her second shutout of the season in a 1-0 triumph over the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Those performances helped earn Lantes the league's defensive player of the week.
However, Ashley wasn’t concerned with the personal recognition. The victories were more important to the team. Also, she was quick to point out that her success between the pipes is dependent on her defensive teammates, including fellow senior Breanna Lewis. Other key defenders helping the cause have been sophomores Olivia Mbala, Yazmin Ongtengco and Amunique Scott.
“It is a great honor to have the school record, but I want to do everything I can to help the team win matches,” said Lantes, following the shutout against ULM. She now has 326 saves – and counting – for her career.
Lantes’ name is written throughout the FAU women’s soccer record book. She burst onto the scene in 2009 when she set the school record with 135 saves in a single season. She led the Sun Belt Conference in saves and saves per match during her freshman season.
This fall, she once again ranks among the league leaders in saves (80) and has anchored a defense that has allowed an average of 1.06 goals in league action. She is also being nominated for Academic All-Region honors after maintaining a 3.3 grade point average as an exercise science major.
So, there are many reasons to cheer on Ashley’s play in the final weeks of her collegiate career.
The Owls’ recent winning ways have moved them into sixth place in the conference standings with 10 points and a 3-4 SBC record. Another victory, and three points, could solidify the team to be one of the eight that qualify for the championship tournament. FAU battles the University of Arkansas-Little Rock tonight at 8 p.m. Live statistics of the match can be found here. Click here to read a preview of this weekend’s matches.
After watching Ashley play during the last four seasons, this record couldn’t have gone to a more deserving player. Congratulations, Ashley!