Sept. 11, 2002
Miami, Fla. - After going 0-17 against Florida International since the program started in 1991, Florida Atlantic can finally chalk one up in the win column. Led by forward Trina Maso de Moya's hat trick, an impenetrable defense and team looking for redemption, the Lady Owls defeated the Golden Panthers 4-0 Wednesday evening.
Late in the first period freshman Julie Ferguson led the attack that would lead to the first goal. Ferguson dribbled through the defense, spotted and passed to an open Maso de Moya who dribbled by her defender and let loose a rocket into the back of the net for her first goal of the season and her career. That duo didn't stop there though, just three minutes later Ferguson again dribbled through the defense and passed the ball to Maso de Moya who kicked in her second goal from five feet out.
The offensive output was only starting as FAU came out aggressive and determined to put the game out of reach. In the second minute of play from the half and the Lady Owls on the attack, an FIU defender was called for a hand ball in the box and FAU was awarded a penalty kick. Maso de Moya ended up taking the kick and scoring her third goal of the game and tying the FAU record for most goals in a game. Only five players in Florida Atlantic history have scored three goals in a game, with the last coming October 14, 2000 from fellow teammate Lisanne Peart who is out for the season with a torn ACL.
The defensive quartet of Autumn Baur, Tamea Wimmer, Danielle Castro and Krista Fine held the Golden Panthers offense to only four shots on goal the entire game and only allowed one ball to get behind their wall, from which goal keeper Molly Keating made an outstanding save to preserve the shutout. Janine Aylward and Rhonda Jones solidified the midfield and essentially molded the shape of what the Lady Owls did.
"I didn't really take a chance but I wanted to get back to what was successful for us last year," said Head Coach Brian Dooley. "And as soon as we started to use the three forwards, they really had a hard time matching up."
The Lady Owls put the game out of reach with 18 minutes to play when Castro launched a corner kick into the box to the waiting head of midfielder Lauren Lucena to make it 4-0. Molly Keating, who left the game after the goal, had four saves on the night and was replaced with senior keeper Melissa Cancio. Cancio, who is from Miami, was playing in her first game since 2000. Maso de Moya now leads the team in points, with six, and goals and Ferguson leads the team in assists with four.
Florida Atlantic plays its next game against top ranked Texas A&M in the Texas A&M Tournament in College Station, TX, September 20th. The Lady Owls return to action at FAU field October 4 at 7:00 pm versus conference rival Belmont.