BOCA RATON, Fla. - Elisha Holmes found Pernille Velta for two first half goals, and the Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team tacked on two more after the break to win a key home Conference USA matchup on Thursday night at FAU Soccer Stadium, 4-1 over Southern Miss.
The Holmes-to-Velta connection could have been carbon copies if not for one being a header and the other of the conventional variety. The 16th and 20th minute goals pushed the Owls (7-5-2, 2-2-1 C-USA) out to an early 2-0 cushion.
Though the Golden Eagles (6-6-1, 0-4-1 C-USA) halved the FAU advantage in the 34th, key insurance goals were deposited into the back of the net by two Owl seniors in the second half. Asta Arnadottir was on the spot in the 62nd minute, capitalizing on a defensive deflection; and similarly, Alex Mastrobuono redirected a ricochet 11 minutes later for the final margin.
- Velta's goals were season numbers two and three, Holmes' assists were the same
- Arnadottir notched her second goal, and Mastrobuono's was her first, off an assist from Tiril Haga
- The tally marked the most scored by the Owls since Oct. 23, 2015 (4-0 over UAB)
- Goalkeeper Jennifer Ocampo had six saves, including three on the same sequence in the first half
- She and defenders Marli Batiste, Madison Caldwell and Alex Maxson played the full 90
"I thought we created well and finished well," said Head Coach Patrick Baker. "It was good to see that tonight, (I'm) happy for the girls. We've been on the wrong side of a score or two, so it was just nice that even though the game, boxscore-wise, was balanced, we finally showed a little bit of separation."
Sunday begins a three-match conference road trip, at Charlotte to take on the defending C-USA Tournament champions (ironically in a result over the Owls). First kick is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Transamerica Field.