Emslie scored hat trick, recorded assist
Sept. 15, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- The Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team tied a school record in shots attempted as the Owls beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 10-0 on Sunday in Jacksonville, Fla.
FAU (2-4-1) attempted 40 shots in the contest, placing 22 of those on goal against the Golden Lions (1-7). Sophomore Claire Emslie scored a hat trick and picked up an assist en route to the team's best offensive performance since 2002 against Belmont. Emslie scored all three of her goals in the first 19 minutes of the contest with assists from Danelle Nguyen and Lindsey Rice. Emslie's three goals and seven points are the most in a game by an Owl since the 2006 season.
Taylor Sorrels netted her second goal of the season after taking three-straight shots in the 33rd and 34th minutes. Junior Julie Taylor tacked on a goal in the 41st minute to put the Owls up 5-0 at halftime. FAU attempted 26 of its 40 shots in the first half.
The offense stayed hot in the second half, scoring in the first minute of play as senior Brittney Nash headed in a goal off a corner kick from Amanda Odato. In the 54th minute, Odato scored her first goal of the season, a header assisted by Emslie.
Sorrels scored her second goal of the game in the 71st minute to increase the FAU lead to 8-0. With a young team on the field to end the contest, FAU newcomers Kelsey Parry and Alexa Arrasate added goals in the 81st and 82nd minutes, respectively. Those marked the first collegiate goals for each of the Florida natives.
UAPB's only shot of the game came in the 89th minute and was saved by FAU goalkeeper Courtney Zwetsch. The senior recorded her second shutout of the year and the sixth of her career.
The Owls have won two in a row and will take that momentum west as FAU faces USC in Los Angeles on Sept. 19. FAU's next home contest is scheduled for Sept. 22 against Memphis.