Aug. 31, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL. - One shot was all the Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team needed in a 1-0 upset win over #25 Indiana University on Sunday afternoon in the Florida Atlantic/Marriott Kick-Off Classic. Janine Aylward scored her third career game-winning goal as FAU started the season 2-0 for the third time in four years.
"You couldn't start a season in a better frame of mind," said Head Coach Brian Dooley. "We played two quality teams and got two quality wins. This really shows where our program is and where it is heading."
The Lady Owls were held without a shot by the Hoosiers (0-2-0) until the 35th minute when Aylward blasted off her first goal of the season. Freshman Karyna Espinoza slipped by her defender down the right sideline, crossing the ball towards the center of the box. Indiana keeper Stacey Van Boxmeer saw the ball skip past her towards Aylward, as she chose a bad angle on the cross. Aylward immediately put the ball into the back of the net, putting FAU up 1-0.
Indiana looked sharp from the beginning with a crisp passing game. In the 10th minute of play, Shelly Gruszka ripped a shot from 15 yards out from the left side towards the right post that Lady Owl keeper Molly Keating grabbed from the air. Windy conditions held up the FAU attack later in the half as the team began to play back on its heels. In the 30th minute, Megan Pipkens of Indiana took a shot from the right side of the box that Keating punched away past the left post for another spectacular save.
FAU began to play with new life after the half, trying to preserve its first win over Indiana in its first meeting. The team came out aggressive, trying to put another goal on the board. In the 57th minute, freshman Cristina Rodriguez, who recorded her first career assist two nights earlier, lobbed a perfect cross to Rhonda Jones that she immediately headed in for the score. But an offside call nullified the goal, keeping the score at 1-0.
Keating made five saves for her first shutout of the year and 21st of her career. Indiana out shot FAU 7-2 in the first half but the Lady Owls held the Hoosiers to only two shots in the second half.
Keating and Danielle Castro played in their 61st career game, one shy of the all-time games played mark. Coach Dooley also recorded his 49th win as head coach of FAU.
The Lady Owls continue on their five games in 10 days stretch by playing against the University of Miami on Tuesday, September 2 at 7:00 pm in Coral Gables, FL. FAU returns home Friday, September 12, to play Charleston Southern. Season ticket packages can still be purchased. Adult packages begin at $35 for the 10-game season 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.