Oct. 2, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University continued its dominance in the month of October, trouncing Lipcomb 6-0 on Saturday afternoon. The Lady Owls improved to 31-4 with 19 shutouts in the month of October since 2000. Denise Brolly scored four goals, tying the program record for goals in a game, Susanna Lehtinen assisted on two goals, tying the program record for consecutive games with an assist with four and the FAU defense held their opponent shotless for the third time in program history. FAU improved to 6-3-2 overall and 3-2-0 in the Atlantic Sun.
"The most important thing about this win was that we were able to get over .500 in the conference," said head coach Brian Dooley. "We now have to prepare to travel again for our upcoming games against Georgia State and Mercer."
Katri Nokso-Koivisto opened the scoring for FAU in the eighth minute. Lehtinen fired a shot from the top right corner of the box that deflected off a Bisons' defender. Nokso-Koivisto collected the rebound and ripped a shot from the top of the box that deflected off the left post and into the back of the net.
Brolly began her tear of four consecutive goals in the 15th minute as she scored directly off of her corner kick. The ball sailed over Lipscomb's keeper into the back of the net, for the 2-0 lead. Brolly finished a penalty kick in the 31st minute giving FAU a 3-0 lead over Lipscomb (3-9) at the half.
FAU picked up where they left off in the second half as Brolly scored her third goal in the 57th minute. Nokso-Koivisto sent a cross into the box from the goal line that Brolly headed into the left corner of the net. The duo combined for another goal 13 minutes later when Nokso-Koivisto charged down the left sideline and sent a cross in from the corner that Brolly headed into the right side of the net. Brolly becomes the second player in program history to score four goals in a game and the first since Julie Ferguson scored four against Mercer on October 13, 2002.
Freshman Christie Ashton scored her third goal in as many games when she headed in Lehtinen's corner kick in the 76th minute. The Lady Owls defensive unit of Janine Aylward, Cristina Rodriguez, Lisa Rife and Meredith White held the Lady Bisons without a shot, only the third time in program history that has occurred. FAU has allowed only nine shots in four games since their 3-2 loss to Campbell.
FAU recorded 16 corners in the match, the most the team has recorded since it had 18 in a match against Jacksonville on November 4, 1996. The Lady Owls outshot Lipscomb 29-0.
Florida Atlantic returns to action Friday, October 8, against Georgia State before heading to Macon, GA on Sunday, October 10, to play Mercer University. The Lady Owls return home Friday, October 15, against Jacksonville University. For ticket information, call 866-FAU-OWLS.