Aug. 29, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's women's soccer team hopes its next meeting with Northeastern University is better than the first as the Lady Owls closed out the 2004 FAU/Double Tree Kick-Off Classic with a 2-1 overtime loss to the Huskies on Sunday afternoon. Katri Nokso-Koivisto scored her first goal as a member of FAU but two NU goals in the final 17 minutes gave Florida Atlantic only their third home loss since 2002 (19-3).
"We looked tired and we gave the game away," said head coach Brian Dooley. "We didn't make plays and we didn't rise to the occasion when opportunities were presented to us."
FAU (1-1) saw two opportunities vanish quickly in the first half when Nokso-Koivisto attempted two shots from the top of the box within a minute of each other. Huskies keeper Mariel Wilner made diving saves to her left on both occasions to prevent the scores.
The Lady Owls struck first in the second half though. In the 62nd minute of play Denise Brolly hurried her corner kick, finding Nokso-Koivisto at the top left corner of the box. Nokso-Koivisto chest-trapped the pass, spun around the ball and fired a hard shot across the box to the left post for her first goal of the year.
With less than ten minutes remaining the Huskies (2-0) found new life. FAU's defense quickly squashed Northeastern's free kick in their own defensive box but Tournament MVP Andi Matthews stole the ball and quickly attempted a shot. The ball trickled through traffic in front of the net and bounced off the left post and into the net to tie the game.
Sixteen minutes later, with less than three minutes remaining in the first overtime, Diana Mastromauro scored the game winner when she collected a cross from Jessica Pfeifer at the top of the box and curled a shot over the defense to the left corner of the net for the score.
FAU held Northeastern without a shot for the first half and outshot the Huskies 8-5 for the game. Megan Coyne recorded three saves in the loss.
FAU returns to action on Friday, September 3 against the University of Georgia at 7 pm. Season ticket packages can be purchased before the season starts. Adult packages begin at $30 for 10 adult tickets while individual ticket prices will be $4 for adults and $2 for seniors/children. Call 866-FAU-OWLS for more information on how you can get tickets for the 2003 Lady Owls soccer season.
Andi Matthews - Northeastern - MVP
Kristin Kowalik - Northeastern
Dianna Mastromauro - Northeastern
Mariel Wilner - Northeastern
Alicia Tirelli - Florida Atlantic
Katri Nokso-Koivisto - Florida Atlantic
Michele Fazzari - Florida Atlantic
Meredith Smith - Louisiana-Lafayette
Mia Nielsen - Louisiana-Lafayette
Emilie Howland - Jacksonville
Marissa Bernard - Jacksonville