BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team received a goal from junior Mary Hasler just before the halftime break, and made that slimmest of margins (1-0) hold up in defeating Old Dominion for the team's first Conference USA win of the year on Friday night at FAU Soccer Stadium.
FAU (6-4-1, 1-1-0 C-USA) and ODU (4-3-1, 1-1-0 C-USA) played nearly 39 minutes even, and a foul right around the 1:00 mark gave the Owls a free kick above the box. Hasler set up and rifled an absolute rocket that found space between the left post and the lunging Monarchs' goalkeeper, hitting the back of the net with 39.9 seconds left before the break.
The early portions of the second half were played in a heavy downpour before a lightning delay of 38 minutes sent both teams off the field. Following the resumption of play, ODU had three shot attempts, two saved by Owls' keeper Jennifer Ocampo. The Monarchs also had four second half corner kicks but could not come up with an equalizer.
- For Hasler, it was her second career goal, the first since her freshman year, and her first career game-winner
- The Owls shortened their bench, going only five deep, including Hasler. Six played all 90 minutes of the match (Ocampo, midfielder Jessica Monteiro, and all four backline defenders: Ebba Blomqvist, Madison Caldwell, Ashlyn Kitterman and Alex Maxson), while the other five starters each logged 52 minutes or more
- Mary O'Hara had a team-high three shots, while Asta Arnadottir had two
Two more home matches and two more C-USA opponents are on tap for the Owls next weekend. Middle Tennessee is first to FAU Soccer Stadium in a week's time, on Friday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. Then on Sunday, at 1 p.m., FAU hosts UAB.