Sept. 25, 2004
Boiling Springs, N.C. - After recording only three goals in its last three games, Florida Atlantic University's women's soccer team exploded for three goals in three minutes in a 3-1 win over Atlantic Sun opponent Gardner-Webb on Saturday afternoon. Kari Fernandez and Denise Brolly each notched their second goals of the year while Christina Chang scored her first game-winning goal and added her team leading fourth assist. FAU improves to 3-3-2 overall and 1-2-0 in the A-Sun.
"This game was very similar to our match against Campbell, but this game we were able put our shots away and goals on the board," said head coach Brian Dooley. "I knew sooner or later this team was going to step up and score some goals, I'm just glad it happened this game."
After trailing 1-0 at the half, the Lady Owls finally got on the board in the 50th minute when Fernandez converted a Susanna Lehtinen pass to the lower left corner. Twenty-seven seconds later, Chang collected a loose ball in the box and pounded it home to give FAU a 2-1 lead it would not relinquish. Brolly capped the scoring off in the 52nd minute, banging home a close range shot off of a Chang pass. Chang leads the team with eight points and is tied for the team lead in goals with Brolly, Lehtinen and Katri Nokso-Koivisto
For the second consecutive game and fourth time in five games FAU, ranked 15th in the southeast region, allowed its opponent to score in the first six minutes. Leanna Woodworth scored her conference leading 10th goal at 1:58 to give the Bulldogs (4-5, 0-2 A-Sun) a 1-0 lead. GWU would hold the lead going into the half despite Florida Atlantic holding a 12-2 advantage in shots and 10-0 lead in corner kicks.
Florida Atlantic returns home for a three game home-stand starting Tuesday, September 28 against cross-town rival Florida International University. The Lady Owls then take on Belmont University on Thursday, September 30 and Lipscomb University on Saturday, October 1. Individual ticket prices are $4 for adults and $2 for seniors/children. For ticket information, call 866-FAU-OWLS.