Oct. 15, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL - With her parents watching from the stands, Katri Nokso-Koivisto scored two goals to give Florida Atlantic University's women's soccer team a 4-0 win over Jacksonville University. Danielle DiLeo scored her third goal of the season, Denise Brolly extended her point streak to eight games and Monique Cabrera registered her first career goal as the Lady Owls extended their unbeaten streak to seven games.
"This wasn't the most aesthetic game to watch. We weren't as clean in our rhythm as we have been in some of our past games but part of that was due to Jacksonville's style," head coach Brian Dooley said. "They did a good job of really packing in the middle of the field and we didn't have the patience to find our way out. Luckily Katri's goal took a little bit of the pressure off and Danny's [Danielle DiLeo] goal really cemented the win for us."
Janine Aylward got FAU (8-3-3, 5-2-1 Atlantic Sun) going in the 10th minute of play as she scooped up a JU (4-7-2, 3-2-1) throw in at the top of the Lady Owls box. She scanned the field and found Nokso-Koivisto streaking down the left sideline by herself and immediately launched a 50-yard pass to her feet. The junior from Kauhajoki, Finland, touched the ball once and bent her shot around the Dolphins keeper to the right side of the net for the goal.
"This was a very important win for us," said Nokso-Koivisto, who has scored four goals in her last two games. "I'm feeling very good, very confident now after playing the last few weeks with a bad ankle. Hopefully I'll keep on getting better and better in the coming weeks."
FAU would wait 62 minutes before DiLeo put the game away with her career high third goal. Susanna Lehtinen sent a cross from midway in the JU zone that was tipped by Christie Ashton. Dolphin's keeper Michelle Kmiotek ran out of the box to stop the ball but DiLeo flipped the ball over Kmiotek as she dove for it and knocked it towards the open net for the 2-0 lead.
Nokso-Koivisto scored her eighth goal of the season in the 81st minute as she juked the keeper at the top of the box and flipped the ball into the open net. Brolly extended her point streak with only 2 minutes remaining in the game when she connected with Lehtinen on a nifty one-two combination pass that was sent into the middle of the box. Cabrera one-timed her shot just inside the left post to end the Lady Owls scoring.
For the fifth time this year, FAU held its opponent without a shot for a half. JU exploded in the second half though, with eight shots, but FAU won the battle 15-8. Megan Coyne recorded seven saves for her second consecutive shutout and fourth of the season. Aylward trails former Lady Owl Danielle Castro by one assist for the all-time lead at FAU.
Florida Atlantic returns to action on Sunday, October 17 at 2 pm against Stetson University. For ticket information, call 866-FAU-OWLS.