Sept. 27, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's women's soccer team saw its four game winning streak end, as they were stunned 1-0 by Campbell University Saturday night after waiting through a 40-minute rain delay. The Lady Owls have now lost their last two home matches against the Camels by a score of 2-0. FAU (7-3-0, 2-1-0 Atlantic Sun) outshot Campbell (3-6-0, 1-1-0 A-Sun) 15-5.
"This game showed that we need to continue to get better and we need to continue to grow," said head coach Brian Dooley. "Our last two games we have been playing on a wet surface and it has affected us a little more than I thought it would, but we can't take things lightly. We have to regroup and do well on our next road trip."
Both teams were playing extremely aggressive all through the game, but FAU's aggressiveness hurt them in the 51st minute of play when three Lady Owl defenders attacked Campbell's Sara Davis at the right end of the box. Davis slipped a pass through to the middle of the box where Susan Persson was left all alone 10 yards out. Persson moved to her right and kicked the ball into the lower right hand side of the net for the eventual game-winning goal.
The Lady Owls had their chances throughout the first half. In the 35th minute, Kelly Hoffmann sent a through ball right to the feet of Rhonda Jones at the top of the key. Jones dribbled the ball to the right side of the box and rifled a shot on goal that was blocked by the Camel defense.
With time running down in the game, FAU moved up its defense to put the pressure on. With six minutes left, Janine Aylward crossed the ball from the left corner into the box. Jones leaped over her man and headed the ball point blank but the keeper made a diving save to preserve the lead.
A costly mistake by Campbell gave FAU a free kick at the top of the key with one minute remaining in the game, but Denise Brolly's shot sailed over the goal for a goal kick. On the ensuing kick, Molly Keating left her goal and retrieved the ball at midfield. Her kick went through the defense to Lisanne Peart, but Peart could not get all of her foot on the ball and the ball ricocheted past the net as time expired.
FAU travels to Nashville, TN to take on Lipscomb University on Friday, October 3 and Belmont University on Sunday, October 5. The Lady Owls return home to play Mercer University on Friday, October 10 at 7 pm. 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.
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