BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University women's soccer squad took their second shutout victory of the inaugural FAU Adidas Owl Classic, with Mary O'Hara's game-winner coming in the 68th minute on Sunday afternoon to defeat Valparaiso, 1-0.
The Owls (3-1) were held without a shot in the first half, and the winner came on only their third attempt of the afternoon. Maddie Winch played it ahead to Alex Mastrobuono, who found O'Hara. As a Crusader (2-2) defender converged, O'Hara took the shot from just outside the top of the box, and it pinged in off the left post for the only goal of the match.
From there, FAU kept the lead and allowed just one Valpo shot attempt. Jennifer Ocampo saved three shots during her 90 minutes in goal, providing her second shutout in three days.
- Ocampo, O'Hara and Ebba Blomqvist were the Owls' representatives on the All-Tournament Team
- With the temperature and humidity, FAU substituted liberally, with 14 players on the pitch for 35 minutes or more
- Elisha Holmes had two of the team's five shots (the others coming from O'Hara, Miracle Porter and Sammy Vitols)
- The remainder of the All-Tournament representatives were Sabrina McNeill and Kristin Nason (Eastern Michigan); Marjorie Boilesen, Nikki Hudson and Lindsey Patton (FGCU); and Kelsey Jahn, Adi Johnson and Natalia Kontul (Valpo)
"It was a grind for both teams," said Head Coach Patrick Baker. "We just happened to find one little moment of magic. Mary (O'Hara) had a window (and) it hit off the inside of the post ... We were fortunate. We feel good about the result. We feel good about the weekend. Anytime you can win two games, anytime you can win in the heat this way and use a lot of players, it makes you feel good and it's a great start to next week."
The Owls will have a similar weekend next Friday and Sunday, but on the other side of the state. They will play two games in Fort Myers at a FGCU-hosted tournament, taking on Liberty (Friday at 4:30) and Kent State (Sunday at 10:30 a.m.).