Karyna Espinoza scored her first collegiate goal.
Sept. 25, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's women's soccer team stretched its winning streak to four games with a 3-1 win against Gardner-Webb Friday night. The Lady Owls have started the Atlantic Sun season 2-0 for the first time in program history. Janine Aylward scored her second goal of the season while Denise Brolly scored the game-winner, her first goal as a Lady Owl, and Karyna Espinoza recorded her first collegiate goal. The Lady Owls are off to a program best 7-2 start.
"This was a difficult team to play against and they were very prepared for us," said head coach Brian Dooley about Gardner-Webb. "They were very well organized and their keeper played very well even though we scored three goals.
"This was the first game where we had to carry the ball the whole time, and we didn't handle it very well at first. The goal that we got that was a nice goal to get because we were getting around the end lines, which was good but it was difficult to find the slot to get those shots in because Gardner-Webb had so many bodies in the box."
With the score tied in the 61st minute of play, Brolly took the wind out of the Bulldogs sails with her first goal of the year. Brolly retrieved the ball at the top of the key after it had ricocheted off of a GWU defender. She settled it and immediately struck the ball, which skidded off of the turf, past the keeper's hands and into the right corner of the net for the 2-1 lead.
"To be honest, I don't remember much of it," said Brolly, a N. Lanarshire, Scotland native. "The ball bounced off of someone and I just whacked it as hard as I could. I was a long overdue goal. It feels absolutely brilliant to score a goal in this situation for my teammates. They have all been supporting me and I felt after this goal we all kind of relaxed and were motivated to get another."
Fifteen minutes later, the Lady Owls would score again to put the game away. In the 76th minute, Aylward collected another short corner and immediately put the ball in play towards the net through a barrage of players. Espionza redirected the kick with her toe and the ball slipped by the Bulldogs keeper for her first collegiate goal and the 3-1 lead.
FAU opened the scoring in the first half after taking six shots in the first twenty minutes. At 22:47, Brolly played the short corner kick to Kari Kaiser. Kaiser bolted up the end line towards net, crossing the ball through the six-yard box before the defender got to her. The ball rolled past the keeper to Aylward who put the ball into the open net for her second goal of the season.
GWU (2-4-0, 0-1-0 Atlantic Sun) quickly rebounded minutes later. In the 24th minute, the Bulldogs crossed a free kick to the far right side. Molly Keating came out to challenge the ball but Jessica Lane looped the ball over her head in the net to tie the game at 1-1.
Keating recorded two saves as FAU outshot Gardner-Webb 22-4. The Lady Owls are now 2-0 all-time against the Bulldogs.
FAU returns to action at 7 pm against conference member Campbell on Saturday, September 27 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.