Sept. 19, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's women's soccer team scored with less than twenty minutes remaining to defeat the University of Central Florida 2-1 Friday night in both teams first Atlantic Sun Conference match of the season. Lisanne Peart tied the program's all-time points record with the first goal of the game while Kari Kaiser scored her second career game-winning goal. FAU is off to a program best 6-2 start.
"Our last five games against each other have been pretty close," said Head Coach Brian Dooley. "All this does now is put a target on our back but at least now we control our fate. Last year we had to play catch-up because we lost that game [to UCF] now everyone has to chase us."
With the game tied in the 74th minute, FAU (6-2-0, 1-0-0) kept the pressure on UCF (4-3-0, 1-0-0). Janine Aylward sprinted down the right side of the field with the ball towards the corner, making a cutback at the baseline past her defender. She crossed the ball towards the middle of the box where Lauren Lucena made a dummy run to draw the Golden Knights defense in. The ball shot through her legs to Kaiser at the far right end of the box where she immediately sent the ball back through the UCF defense with her left foot, past the keeper for her first goal of the season and the eventual game-winner.
"When the ball went through Lauren's legs I was thinking 'Yeah, I'm going to score this goal,'" said Kaiser on the game-winning goal. "This win means so much, because they are such a great team and we were able to start our conference schedule with a win."
FAU started off sluggish, as UCF controlled the tempo and played aggressively in the Lady Owls zone. In 30th minute, FAU began its attack. Janine Aylward took a pass at midfield as the Golden Knights tried to draw FAU offsides. Aylward drilled the ball past the UCF defensive unit as Peart stood waiting with the last defender. Once kicked, Peart sprinted towards goal with only the keeper to beat. UCF goalkeeper Julie Snaman came out of goal but Peart made a nifty move around her and shot the ball into the open net for her second goal of the season.
"This team has given us a tough game for two years in a row now," said Peart. "I went in for 10 minutes, the best 10 minutes of my life, and I got a goal to put us ahead. I gave it my best, she [Snaman] came at me, and I did a move to the right that gave me an open net to shoot on."
UCF fought back to tie the game in the 59th minute as they pressured FAU back into its own zone. The defenses failed to clear the ball, then misplayed the following play allowing Courtney Baines to scoop the ball and move around her defender. Baines moved towards to the top of the key and fired off a shot that sailed over the head of Molly Keating to tie the game 1-1.
Keating made three saves in the win as FAU has now won three straight. FAU outshot UCF 8-7 while winning the corner kick battle 5-1.
FAU returns to action at 7 pm against conference member Stetson on Thursday, September 25 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.