Oct. 6, 2002
Tampa, Fla. - The heat proved too much to handle as Florida Atlantic University's women's soccer lost to South Florida 2-1 Sunday afternoon. Trina Maso de Moya kicked in her eighth goal of the season but it was not enough to overcome the two goal lead that the Bulls had on the Lady Owls.
"Well we dug ourselves into a hole and we couldn't get out," said head coach Brian Dooley. "We missed our opportunities and couldn't capitalize on certain shots. It was a difficult game, it was really hot and USF was coming off of a great game with # 15 Marquette, so they fed off of that. All-around it was a difficult game."
Late in the half with about two minutes remaining, USF's (4-6-1) Rachel Thjomoe sent a thru ball into the box that Lady Owl Molly Keating blocked. Off of the defensive clear though, Katie Reed stole the pass and put it into an empty net to take the 1-0 lead into halftime.
The Bulls came out quickly in the second half as two minutes into the period Berna Breirem took the drop pass from Tia Opliger and chipped a shot to the far post out of reach to a stretched out Keating to make the score 2-0.
The Lady Owls (6-4) would fight back though as the team created some good scoring chances out of the back with the defense serving balls to the forwards. In the 61st minute of play, midfielder Lauren Lucena passed the ball to Maso de Moya who turned around her man and fired a shot from 21 yards out over the keepers head to cut the lead in half and make the score 2-1. In the end though, FAU could not get back out of the hole.
"In the second half, we started to play much better and create many more scoring chances," said Dooley. "The team kept fighting hard after I thought they wanted to hang up their cleats. The defense possessed the ball well and swung it around to the midfield well and that helped lead to our goal."
Florida Atlantic plays their next game Friday, October 11th, versus conference foe Troy St. in Troy, AL. The Lady Owls return home to play Stetson on Wednesday October 16th at 7:00 pm.