Sept. 12, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL. - Florida Atlantic University' women's soccer team ended its two game scoring drought by exploding for five goals in a 5-0 shutout of Charleston Southern Friday evening. Lauren Lucena scored her first goal of the season and assisted on another, Jessica Kmiotek assisted on two goals and Lisanne Peart inched closer to the FAU all-time points record by scoring her first goal since 2001.
"This team was extremely sharp yesterday at practice, making nice one-touch passes and taking good shots," said Head Coach Brian Dooley. "I told Lauren [Lucena] that she would be starting at forward and her face lit up because she loves that stuff. I just felt a sense from everyone that we would explode today. And we did."
FAU (4-2-0), which last scored in overtime to beat Miami, started their offensive outburst in the 15th minute when Kari Kaiser crossed the ball from the right sideline to the left side of the field, just inside the box to Janine Aylward. Aylward's shot bounced off of her defender to the feet of a wide open Lisa Rife who immediately took the shot from just outside the box over CSU's (1-3-0) Miki Wilson for her second career goal.
Nine minutes later, after just entering the game, Kmiotek settled a long goal kick and hit a through ball past the Lady Buccaneer defense to Lucena, who was streaking through the middle of the field. Both Wilson and Lucena charged for the ball but Lucena outran the keeper and tipped the ball in for her first goal of the year.
Nine minutes later, in the 32nd minute, Kmiotek would start the scoring again when she one-touched a cross to Lucena in the middle. Immediately Lucena one-timed the ball to Rhonda Jones who was 35-yards out. Jones settled the pass and struck a shot that sailed over the keeper's hands, hit the bottom of the crossbar and rolled into the back of the net for her second goal of the season and a 3-0 lead.
The Lady Owl defense unit of Danielle Castro, Krista Fine, Cristina Rodriguez and Rife held CSU without a shot on goal the first half. The unit smothered the Lady Buc's before they could organize and get into formation. For the game, FAU outshot CSU 23-4.
The story of the game though was Peart. The senior from Kingston, Jamaica sat out last season with a torn ACL but returned for her senior year. Peart showed no ill affects from the injury as she took a pass from Kaiser at the top of the key and swiftly turned the right corner around her defender towards the back line. As another defender came to defend, Peart darted past her and curved the ball past the keepers hands just inside the left post for her first goal since November 8, 2001.
"It's great to be getting back to my old form," said Peart. "I've been working so hard in practice and it finally paid off.
"We actually practiced a play identical to the one I scored on. But once I got the ball I just went straight towards the back line. Even when the other defender came I just kept on running. I took the shot and luckily it went in."
With the goal, Peart is now only two points behind the program's all-time points leader, Melissa Bobby, and three goals behind the all-time goals leader, Kelly McGrath. Keating had one save while freshman Megan Coyne made two saves in her first collegiate appearance.
Danielle DiLeo scored the games final goal in the 88th minute when freshman Beth Remmert passed to Karyna Espinoza. Espinoza quickly crossed the ball from the right corner across the six-yard box where DiLeo scored quickly put the ball into the back of the net for her second career goal. Remmert recorded her first collegiate assist on the play, becoming the fourth player on the team this year to record their first collegiate point. FAU returns to action on Sunday, September 14 when they play the University of South Florida at 2:00 pm at FAU Field. Season ticket packages can still be purchased. Adult packages begin at $35 while individual ticket prices are $4 for adults and $2 for seniors/children. For more information on tickets call 866-FAU-OWLS.