Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team picked up its first win of the 2012 season with a 2-1 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay on Saturday evening in the Embassy Suites Classic, hosted by Florida Gulf Coast University. The match was moved from Sunday to escape the wrath of Tropical Storm Isaac.
The Owls improve to 1-2 on the season while Green Bay falls to 0-3.
Freshman midfielder Claire Emslie scored a goal and added an assist to highlight FAU's offensive attack.
The Owls scored their first goal of the season when junior midfielder Ellie Smith struck in the 26th minute for her first collegiate goal. Emslie's left corner kick sailed near the back post to junior midfielder Marisa Russo, who deflected the ball to Smith. She scored into the lower left portion of the net.
"I knew we needed to get a goal and get a shot toward the goal," said Smith. "The ball was bobbling around in the box and Marisa did a good job of getting a touch. I was able to just get my foot on the ball and I was able to secure an important goal."
The team had another excellent scoring opportunity a few minutes later when junior forward Brittney Nash nearly found the back of the net. The Desoto, Texas native flicked a shot from near the six-yard box only to see Green Bay's goalkeeper Katy Pilarzyk make a diving save. Then, in the second half, freshman forward Taylor Sorrels hit the left post with a shot from the center of the 18-yard box.
Sorrels would factor in the game-winning goal in the 62nd minute when her initial shot was blocked. However, the deflection went to Emslie, who fired a shot from 20 yards out into the upper right corner of the net.
"It was important to come out and get a win," said Emslie. "Getting the first goal to grab the lead was great but when we went up by two goals we felt confident. We continued to play our style of soccer."
Green Bay made things interesting with a goal by Sydney Born with three minutes remaining.
FAU outshoots the Phoenix by a 10-4 margin in the match.
Senior goalkeeper Ashley Lantesmade one save to pick up her 11th career victory in net. The defensive unit allowed the Phoenix to attempt four shots.
Offensively, junior forward Brittney Nash, Emslie and Sorrels had game-high honors with two shots each. Freshman forward Natalia Hernandez, sophomore defender Olivia Mbala, junior midfielder Marisa Russo and Smith also had one shot.
The Owls will play another tournament next weekend, traveling to Las Vegas to play Northern Arizona University on Friday, August 31, and UNLV on Sunday, September 2.
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