Christie Ashton scored her first career game-winning goal.
Sept. 28, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's women's soccer team defeated Florida International University 2-0 Tuesday night, winning back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Lady Owls won its second consecutive game against the Golden Panthers after starting the all-time series 0-17. Christie Ashton scored her first career game-winning goal while Denise Brolly scored her team leading third goal as FAU improves to 4-3-2 overall.
"It's important for us to get a couple of wins together because we've gone through a period where we've had a couple of losses and ties and that just wears on you," said head coach Brian Dooley. "To get a win here against a rival and future Sun Belt [Conference] opponent, it was just a big win for us."
FAU dominated the first half of play, outshooting FIU (2-6-0) 7-1 and winning the corner kick battle 5-0, but were unable to put away their scoring chances. Ashton capitalized on her first chance 47-seconds into the second half, collecting Christina Chang's pass from Janine Aylward along the six-yard box and shooting it past Madeline Gannon for the goal. Aylward (13 career assists) moved into a tie for fourth place in all-time assists at FAU.
"It felt really good to score that goal," said Ashton, a freshman from Longwood, FL. "Janine just floated that pass to Chang, who dummied the shot and I was able to get the ball and put it in the net. This is a great momentum builder for us going into our conference play."
Ashton nearly scored her second goal of the game minutes later as the FIU keeper was out of position for a loose ball. She collected the ball and fired on net but a Golden Panther defender blocked her shot, sending the ball back to midfield.
FAU put the game away when Brolly scored in the 85th minute off a rebounded shot. Susanna Lehtinen fired a shot from 35-yards out that hit the cross bar and bounced directly to Brolly's feet. The Scotland native drilled the ball into the open net, extending her streak of consecutive games with at least one point to three.
For the third consecutive game, Florida Atlantic outshot its opponents by at least 10 shots and held its opponent to at least four shots. The Lady Owls outshot FIU 17-2 with Ashton leading the way with four shots. Megan Coyne recorded two saves for her second career shutout.
FAU returns to action on Thursday, September 30 at 7 pm against Atlantic Sun opponent Belmont University. Individual ticket prices are $4 for adults and $2 for seniors/children. For ticket information, call 866-FAU-OWLS.