CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team had a 2-0 second half lead over Charlotte, but the 49ers scored twice quickly to tie it, and got the game-winner with 5:25 left in Sunday's match at Transamerica Field.
Elisha Holmes had staked the Owls (7-6-2, 2-3-1 Conference USA) to their advantage, scoring in the 10th (off a one-touch from Pernille Velta) and 52nd (a cross from Madison Caldwell, who had received it herself from Asta Arnadottir). But just 4:23 after the latter goal, and 4:38 after that, Charlotte (9-4-0, 4-1-0 C-USA) equalized, with scores by Jamie Fankhauser and Julia Grainda.
What turned out to be the game-winner was fed in by Grainda, who had had the assist on the first as well, giving her a hand in all three scores. She found Martha Thomas ahead, and C-USA's leading scorer notched her 10th of the year in the 84th for the 49ers' only lead of the afternoon.
- After scoring her first goal of the year last Sunday, Holmes totaled numbers two and three Sunday
- Velta's assist is her team-high fourth of the season
- Arnadottir earned her second, and Caldwell her first
- In all, 10 Owls took shots, of the team's 14. Holmes had a high of three, and Caldwell and Sammy Vitols each took two
"The first goal was excellent by Elisha, the second was very good by Elisha," said Head Coach Patrick Baker. "You go up 2-0 on any team, no matter what the elements, you just figure you're going to lock things up and get a result."
The three-match road trip continues, and ends, next weekend. The Owls will travel to Bowling Green, Kentucky, first for a match with WKU on Friday, and then end up at Marshall on Sunday afternoon in Huntington, West Virginia.