Oct. 11, 2002
Troy, AL - Florida Atlantic scored four second half goals to propel themselves over conference foe Troy St. 5-0 Friday afternoon as the Lady Owls won their fourth straight Atlantic Sun game. Trina Maso de Moya and Rhonda Jones continued their scoring streaks as the two combined for three goals in the game and have accounted for eight goals and three assists in their last four games.
FAU (7-4, 4-1 A-Sun) started off a little slow in the scoring department as the teams first goal did not come until the 26th minute of play when Maso de Moya picked up a loose ball and fired a shot from 10 yards out for her ninth goal of the season and a 1-0 lead. The story of the first half though was the Lady Owls defense. The tandem of Autumn Baur, Tamea Wimmer, Krista Fine and Danielle Castro did not allow a shot on goal or a corner kick the entire first half.
Troy St. (1-12, 0-8 A-Sun) still had confidence going into the second half only being down by one goal. But the Lady Owls scored quick goals to take the wind out of the Lady Trojan's sails. Lauren Lucena set up the second goal with a perfect pass to Julie Ferguson who ripped a shot from 18 yards out past keeper Hanna Haile for her third goal of the season. Ferguson continued her point-in-every-game streak with the goal as she now has three goals and eight assists in nine games.
Six minutes later Lucena would set up another goal as she and Ferguson completed some pinball passing that put Maso de Moya one-on-one with the keeper where she struck it home for her 10th goal of the season. Maso de Moya becomes the first player to score ten or more goals in a season since Lisanne Peart scored 17 goals in the 2000 season.
In the 66th minute of play Danielle Castro crossed the ball into the Lady Trojan's box where Jones headed in her fourth goal of the season to make the score 4-0. Castro's six assists on the year equal her career total from the past two years.
FAU's defense did not allow a shot on goal until late in the half when starting goalie Molly Keating was replaced by senior Melissa Cancio. Florida Atlantic is now 4-0 lifetime against Troy St dating back to 1999. Trina Maso de Moya tied the school record for consecutive matches with a goal with her third goal in three straight games and freshman Julie Ferguson is only two assists shy of tying the record for most assists in a season of ten.
Florida Atlantic plays its next game Sunday, October 13th against another conference opponent, Mercer, in Macon, GA. The Lady Owls return home Wednesday, October 16th against in-state conference foe Stetson.