Sept. 20, 2002
College Station, TX - Playing their first ranked opponent proved to be too much for the Florida Atlantic women's soccer team as they were shutout by eighth ranked Texas A&M 4-0 Friday night at the Texas A&M Tournament. The Owls went into half tied 0-0 but an onslaught of Aggie attacks to start the second period knocked the wind out of their sails.
A minute and a half into the second period Cristina Echavarry took a pass at the top of the six yard box and struck the ball past FAU keeper Molly Keating to make the score 1-0. Ten minutes later Juli Goin scored from a rebound off the crossbar from ten yards out to increase the score to 2-0. Minutes later Linsey Woodard put the game away with a header into the back of the net to bring the score to 3-0.
"We came out and had a defensive game plan, we wanted to frustrate their offense and try to counter attack but we missed some opportunities," said Head Coach Brian Dooley. "We accomplished our first goal and that was to get to the half tied at 0-0. And the fact that we played a nationally ranked team and got to the half 0-0 says that we did some things right."
FAU was out shot 37-3 by Texas A&M but did have numerous scoring chances that were put down by the Aggie defense. Keating saved eight shots on the night before being pulled from the game after the fourth goal. Senior Melissa Cancio saved two shots in 20 minutes and made the best out of the opportunity to play in a critical situation. Trina Maso de Moya, Danielle DiLeo and Allyson Salzano were the lone shot takers in the game for the Owls.
Florida Atlantic now falls to 2-3-0 for the season while Texas A&M improves to 4-3. FAU plays their next game in the Texas A&M Tournament on Sunday, September 22nd versus Texas Tech. The Owls next home match is versus conference rival Belmont on Friday, October 4th at 7:00 pm.