Sept. 12, 2004
Charleston, S.C. - Allowing a goal forty-seconds into the match did not deter the Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team as the Lady Owls fought back for the equalizing goal en route to a 1-1 tie with American University at the College of Charleston Soccer Classic. Christie Ashton provided the spark to the FAU offense by recording her first career assist while Katri Nokso-Koivisto recorded her team-leading second goal.
"This was by far the best game we have played so far this year," said head coach Brian Dooley. "American is a team that has beaten some good teams this year and after letting them basically score on the kick-off, we weathered the next 20-25 minutes and got into a rhythm. Christie [Ashton] got into the game and brought some excitement and for the first time we showed the fight that we are known for."
American (4-1-1) scored immediately to start the game. Forty-seconds into the match Marcela Ricupero fired a shot past Megan Coyne to put the Eagles up 1-0. But FAU would answer back in the 28th minute. Ashton received the ball on a nifty passing sequence by the Lady Owls and immediately slotted the ball into Nokso-Koivisto, who was running across the face of the box. Nokso-Koivisoto settled the ball and shot the ball hard past Alison Doyle to the far post for the goal.
The Eagles put pressure on FAU in the second half, out shooting them 6-3. But the Florida Atlantic defense clamped down in overtime by not allowing a shot on goal. Coyne finished with three saves while Doyle finished with eight. FAU outshot American 14-12 and won the corner kick battle 7-6 in the teams first ever meeting.
Florida Atlantic travels to Orlando, FL next to begin its Atlantic Sun Conference schedule. The Lady Owls take on the University Central Florida on Thursday, September 16 at 7 pm in a rematch of last year's A-Sun conference finals.