Sept. 10, 2004
Charleston, S.C. - Florida Atlantic University's women's soccer team learned its lesson in its last defeat as the team rebounded from a late goal to defeat the College of Charleston 2-1 Friday night in the last seconds of the College of Charleston Soccer Classic. Susanna Lehtinen recorded her first career goal while Denise Brolly scored her second career game-winning goal for the 2-1-0 Lady Owls.
"This was a win against a quality opponent," said head coach Brian Dooley. "We showed a lot of perseverance, coming back after giving up the game-tying goal. We learned a valuable lesson against Northeastern two weeks ago and this team showed a lot of character by keeping its wits together and fighting to the very last moment."
Looking as though FAU was going to play its second overtime match in as many games, Brolly took control on the final play of the game. With only 25 seconds remaining, the junior from Scotland curled her corner kick to the near post where Cougar keeper Emily Brenner and the defense misplayed the shot. The ball dribbled in past Brenner for the Lady Owl's second win of the season.
Both teams played to a scoreless first half as FAU outshot Charleston (2-2-1) 5-4. The Owls came out firing in the second half, scoring on their first shot of the half. Christina Chang recorded her team-leading fourth point when she assisted on Lehtinen's goal. The freshman from Espoo, Finland ripped a shot that curled over the keeper into the back post to give FAU a 1-0 lead. The Cougars evened the score though in the 75th minute when Nicole Blume connected on a penalty kick for her first goal of the year.
Megan Coyne recorded a career high seven saves as Charleston out shot FAU 10-8. FAU last played Charleston in 1996, losing 4-1. The Lady Owls have now taken a 4-3 series lead over the Cougars.
FAU returns to action on Sunday, September 12 against American University. Game time has been rescheduled to 11 am.