Rhonda Jones' play helped FAU stay one game behind A-Sun leader GSU.
Oct. 10, 2003
BOCA RATON - Florida Atlantic University's women's soccer team got a goal early and late while defeating Mercer University, 2-0, Friday evening in Boca Raton, FL. Freshman Christina Chang needed just 3:54 seconds to slide the first FAU goal past Mercer's keeper. FAU improves its record to 10-3, and 5-1 in Atlantic Sun play as Mercer fell to 3-7-2, 0-3-1. With the win, the Lady Owls can look forward to a critical A-Sun match up with league-leading Georgia State University on Sunday, October 12.
The final score was not indicative of the entire game, as the Lady Owls toiled in front of the Bears net early and often. Minutes after Chang's fifth goal of the season the Lady Owls had a shot glance off the cross bar. Several other shots flew wide of the target before Mercer settled in defensively.
"We started well with ball movement and hit the cross bar early. If we get the second [goal] we start to flow," head coach Brian Dooley said following the game.
That second goal didn't come until Danielle DiLeo hit the target at the 76:47 mark. DiLeo's goal, her second of the year, was a result of excellent passing. Rhonda Jones got the ball rolling by hitting a through ball to the foot of Lauren Lucena. Lucena promptly dribbled the ball into the box drawing the keeper out before dishing to DiLeo for the finish.
Jones teamed with Denise Brolly to assist Chang on the first goal.
The game against GSU is scheduled for a 2:00 kickoff at FAU Field.