Sept. 2, 2003
Coral Gables, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University's women's soccer team followed up Sunday afternoon's stunning defeat of no. 25 Indiana by defeating the University of Miami 2-1 in overtime on Tuesday night. Christina Chang scored her first game-winning goal of her career and second goal of the season 4:37 into overtime as the Lady Owls have started out 3-0 for the first time in program history.
"It was something special," said Head Coach Brian Dooley. "I don't know how these kids are doing it; they just keep on pushing themselves and find ways to win. This game, we started out a bit sluggish, like against Indiana, but after the first 15 minutes there was energy, there was fight, there was everything that made up FAU soccer. Molly [Keating] came to play and she came through big for us tonight."
Going into overtime, the Hurricanes (2-1-0) had out shot FAU 25-5, were pressing hard and pushing for the go-ahead goal on a corner kick. On the ensuing corner kick, Keating made a save on the cross and booted the ball past midfield immediately. Junior Janine Aylward made a leaping header over two Hurricane defenders to get the ball to a streaking Chang who had made a run from the Lady Owl box to the Hurricane box. Chang made a move around the defender and the keeper to finish the run and score her second goal in three games.
"Before the start of overtime I shifted our form to a 3-4-3 and told the team that we were either going to win the game right now or go home losers," said Dooley. "At that moment I saw it in our kid's eyes that we were going to win this game."
The Lady Owls scored early despite their sluggish start. Senior captain Rhonda Jones scored her first goal of the season after crashing through a wall of Hurricane defenders to head the ball into the net to take a 1-0 lead. From there, FAU moved to a defensive formation, trying to preserve the win. Unfortunately Miami would score 11 minutes into the second half on a goal by Lindsey Yach.
Keating, recently named the Atlantic Sun's Defensive Player-of-the-Week, made nine saves, allowing only one goal. In the process, Keating also tied the program's all-time record for most games played and started, while senior Danielle Castro tied the program's all-time record for most games played. The win also marked coach Dooley's 50th win while at FAU. In polls released Tuesday afternoon, the Miami Hurricanes were ranked sixth in the Southeast Region while FAU was ranked seventh, their highest ranking in program history.
FAU travels to Evanston, IL on Friday, September 5 to participate in the Northwestern Wildcats Invitational before returning home to play Charleston Southern on Friday, September 12. 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.
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