Sept. 22, 2002
College Station, Tx. - The Florida Atlantic offensive attack gained some confidence Sunday afternoon as the Owls defeated Texas Tech 4-2 in a game where "nice goals" were scored. Trina Maso de Moya continued to impress as she scored twice and assisted on another goal in the last game of the Fazoli's Texas A&M Soccer Classic.
FAU (3-3-0) started their assault early when Lauren Lucena recieved an amazing pass from Julie Ferguson in the sixteenth minute that was threaded through the Red Raiders defense. Lucena in turn beat keeper Lindsay Fish one on one from ten yards out to start the high scoring first half.
"Today we had a good team effort," said Head Coach Brian Dooley. "We put it all together in the second half, which was the opposite of what happen against Texas A&M [Friday night]. We substituted early on and it paid off by us scoring some really nice goals."
Minutes later Texas Tech (2-6) came steaming back as Catie Arsenault beat Owl keeper Molly Keating low off of a Roxanne Frilot throw-in. The scoring continued to be back and forth as Maso de Moya scored her fourth goal of the season from 20 yards out to put the Owls back on top 2-1. But with two minutes remaining in the period Jordan Wicker shot a free kick from 50 yards out to tie the score 2-2 going into the half.
The Owl defense stepped up mightily in the second half as they allowed only one shot in the period and no shots on goal. Sophomore Lisa Rife played an outstanding game at the right defender position and was a key to FAU's success in the second half.
With 12 minutes to play in the game, Maso de Moya scored her second goal, fifth on the season, to put the Owls in the lead for good. Lucena sent a pass from the far side of the field into the box where Maso de Moya came running to the far post and hit a one timer into the back of the net to make the score 3-2. Kari Kaiser scored the insurance goal, her first of the season, three minutes later to put the game out of reach.
Junior Molly Keating saved one shot and allowed two goals in the first half before sitting down and letting Melissa Cancio handle the second half. Cancio had no saves and allowed no goals the second period.
Florida Atlantic's next game will be against heated in-conference rival Campbell Thursday, September 26th in Buies Creek, NC. The Owls next home match will be Friday, October 4th versus conference opponent Belmont.