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Owls Hang On, Defeat Lady Toppers 2-1

Sept. 24, 2006

Box Score

BOCA RATON, FL -- Natalie D'Oria scored a goal just 3:25 after the opening whistle, and the Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team held on for a 2-1 conference win over Western Kentucky at FAU Field on Sunday.

D'Oria put back a rebound after a shot from five-yards out off the foot of Tessa McGarrity, who received a cross from Alicia Tirelli.

FAU held the momentum through the first 45 minutes, finishing the half with an 8-2 shot advantage, including a 3-1 shot on goal edge.

In the 66th minute, the Owls would add some insurance on a direct kick off the foot of Michele Fazzari that was redirected by Beckie Ware for her first tally of the season, and second in an Owl uniform. The senior from Tampa, FL finished the 2005 season with one goal in nine games after transferring from South Florida.

With a head index of well over 100 degrees, the players conditioning was put to test late in the second half.

Western Kentucky would put pressure on the FAU defense for the final ten minutes of play, including a goal in the 81st minute by Kristi Cocchiarella after the ball was turned over just outside the box down the left side.

The Lady Toppers would continue to apply pressure until the final horn sounded, including a shot with just 41 seconds remaining by Jenna Silverberg that Owl goalkeeper Jessica Badders had to dive to her left and make a stop on a shot that would bounce near the line, but never over it and was cleared by the Owl defense.

The win improves FAU to 1-1-0 early in Sun Belt Conference play, 4-4-2 overall.

With the loss, WKU falls to 1-1-0 in conference action, 5-4-0 overall.

The Owls will return to action on September 29, when they travel to Denver for a 6 p.m. start, followed by a game versus North Texas on October 1 at 2 p.m.



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