BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team overcame a weather delay and used three goals, each coming from one of their European imports, in defeating St. Francis Sunday afternoon, 3-1.
The start came 1:25 later than scheduled, and FAU (1-1) made good on the match's first opportunity. In the 12th minute, after a penalty in the box, Ebba Blomqvist fired the PK into the back of the net for her first Owl goal. Just over 11 minutes later, Tiril Haga took advantage of a defensive miscue to double the lead.
A third goal came in the 81st minute courtesy of Haga's fellow Norwegian, Pernille Velta. Though SFU (0-2) got on the board 1:49 later, that was all the Red Flash could muster on the afternoon.
- FAU goalkeeper Jennifer Ocampo notched the second win of her career, notching four saves in the victory
- The Owls outshot SFU 16-6, including a 10-2 favorable first-half margin
- They also had nine corner kicks to just one for the Red Flash
- Nine different Owls took shots, including four for Velta and three for Blomqvist
- Blomqvist played the entirety of the contest for the second straight match
"I thought we started the game sharply," said Head Coach Patrick Baker. "(We) got a deserved PK, and Ebba (Blomqvist) stepped up, and I think that settled us down a little bit. Putting `T' (Tiril Haga) up top was a good move (and) her nice slot finish made it two (goals) ... I'm happy with the win, I'm happy that we got on that side of the ledger. I thought we responded well from Friday."
The squad will host the FAU Adidas Owl Classic next weekend. They and FGCU will match up against Eastern Michigan and Valparaiso on Friday and Sunday. It'll be FAU vs. EMU Friday at 7:30 and FAU vs. Valpo Sunday at 1:30, with FGCU facing the opposite, prior to, each day.