Aug. 11, 2012
Boca Raton, FL -The Florida Atlantic University women’s soccer team held an 8-4 shot advantage and had many scoring opportunities in a scoreless draw in Saturday’s exhibition match with Florida Gulf Coast University at the FAU Soccer Stadium.
The Owls will open the 2012 season with a home contest against Jacksonville University on Friday, August 17, at 7 p.m.
The two teams played two 30-minute halves.
“It was a good match and we did learn some things going into the season opener in six days,” said Brian Dooley, FAU’s head women’s soccer coach. “Our freshmen really performed well against a quality opponent. We defended well and tested their keeper on several occasions. I was pleased with the high-energy level the team demonstrated.”
FAU nearly got the board in the third minute of the match when junior forward Brittney Nash’s shot from inside the six-yard penalty box was stopped by FGCU goalkeeper Danielle LeRoy. The scoring opportunity was set up by freshmen Claire Emslie and Gabriella Sosa.
Emslie would get another scoring opportunity in the 14th minute. The Scotland native took a shot from the middle of the 18-yard box only to see LeRoy make a diving save.
“We connected well from the defenders to the midfield and to the goal scorers. I thought we played well against outside competition,” said junior midfielder Lindsey Rice. “The newcomers played well and most of them played significant minutes today. We are really looking forward to this next week of practice in preparing for the season opener.”
In the second half, Emslie created an offensive opportunity when a cross to Nash was intercepted by FGCU goalkeeper Brittany Brown. One minute later Emslie fired a shot just high of the net.
FAU would record three shots in a five-minute stanza toward the end of the period.
Individually, Emslie paced the offensive attack with three shots. Nash added two shots, while junior midfielders Ellie Smith, freshman midfielder Danielle Dangremond and Rice also recorded one shot in the match.