Sept. 14, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL. - Florida Atlantic University's women's soccer team outlasted an hour and a half delay and scored in the 76th minute to defeat the University of South Florida 1-0 on Sunday afternoon, avenging last season's 2-1 loss to the Bulls. Lauren Lucena scored her second goal in two games and Molly Keating recorded her second shutout of the season as the Lady Owls have tied their best start ever.
"This was a very difficult game, especially with circumstances surrounding the game," said Head Coach Brian Dooley. "The heat was tough and it changed the way we had to play today, but in the end a goal is a goal and we'll take the win."
Lucena, the team's leading scorer with five points, had narrowly missed the goal most of the day until her team tying second goal of the season. Lisanne Peart set up the play by challenging the defense in the box, bringing in a handful of USF players to defend her. Her initial shot bounced off USF keeper Breck Bankester hand's and back into the pile of players. With the keeper out of position, the ball was jarred loose of the commotion where Lucena kicked the ball just enough to roll past the line to record her seventh career game-winning goal.
USF (1-3-0) had the first chance to get on the board in the third minute of play. USF used a trick play on a free kick that caught the FAU defense off-guard. Jenny Mulvihill immediately sent a through pass to Tara Escribano who put the ball past Keating. But offsides was called, negating the goal, taking a little life out of the Bulls attack.
The Lady Owls would not let USF back into the game from there, putting pressure on the defense with long runs. In the 23rd minute, Janine Aylward's corner kick was narrowly headed in by Rhonda Jones. The ball skidded off of her head just left of the left post.
In the 58th minute of play Lucena and Peart looked like they would combine to score the first goal, when a long ball by Cristina Rodriguez was misplayed by the USF defense. Lucena raced to the ball with the keeper coming out of the net but her tip was saved by Bankester. Peart tried to follow up the shot but Bankester got a hand on it for the save.
FAU (5-2-0) held USF without a shot the first half and did not allow a shot on goal until the 59th minute of play. The defensive trio of Danielle Castro, Krista Fine and Rodriguez held the Bulls to only three shots all day. FAU outshot USF 14-3. Keating saved two shots for her second shutout of the season.
FAU returns to action on Friday, September 19 against in-state rival and conference opponent Central Florida at 7:00 pm on the FAU Fields. This will be the Lady Owls first conference match of the year.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.