HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Two goals before two minutes had come off the clock would be more than enough as the Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team defeated Marshall on Sunday afternoon, 3-0.
The Owls (8-7-2, 3-4-1 Conference USA) got on the board when Mary O'Hara was fouled in the box and Ebba Blomqvist made good on a penalty kick only 1:01 into the match. Then, 49 seconds later, Elisha Holmes found a streaking O'Hara, who converted to make it 2-0 at 1:50.
More breathing room was added after the break, as in the 54th minute, Pernille Velta, from the right side of the box, went top left on the Marshall (5-9-1, 3-4-1 C-USA) goalkeeper for her fourth goal of the season. The Thundering Herd were on the offensive in the second half, holding a great deal of possession and earning four corner kicks, but couldn't dent the net on eight shots (including three in about a 10-second span).
- Velta trails just Blomqvist, who now has five goals, for team-high honors to this point, while O'Hara netted her third on Sunday
- Holmes is now equal with Velta for the team's best in assists as the duo each has four on the season
- Goalkeeper Jennifer Ocampo recorded her fifth shutout in 2017 and had four saves on the afternoon
- The win gives the Owls 10 points in the C-USA standings with two matches to go
"That's the first time that's happened in a long coaching career," said Head Coach Patrick Baker of the two early goals. "I thought we started off really well and sharply, and we really wanted to take the game to them ... It was good to see, we put ourselves in a better spot after today's result. There's still two big games left on the table, and we're just happy to get the three points today against a very good Marshall team."
FAU returns home and will have their 2017 Senior Day in a week's time. The squad hosts UTEP at FAU Soccer Stadium on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 12:30 p.m. Six Owls will be recognized during the day's festivities: Asta Arnadottir, Madison Caldwell, Lucy Carter, Sammy Lujan, Alex Mastrobuono and Maddie Pung.