Oct. 16, 2002
Boca Raton, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University's women's soccer team shut out yet another conference opponent as the team rolled to a 3-0 win over Stetson University Wednesday evening. Julie Ferguson, Trina Maso de Moya and Rhonda Jones led the way offensively for the Lady Owls as FAU won its third straight game by shutout and sixth straight conference match..
"I think you can really see a maturity in the teams development and a composure with the ball," said head coach Brian Dooley. "Granted a lot of the teams we have been playing are in a building process but the fact that we are playing in a nice style, getting some really nice goals, some nice possessions and good runs coming out of the back, there were a lot of positive things out there. And that's the way it's been the last three or four games. Hopefully we can keep that going when we start playing teams that are at the top of the table."
FAU (9-4, 6-1 Atlantic Sun) came out a little apprehensive to start the game with a back and forth battle ensuing on the field. Maso de Moya ended that battle when Jones slipped a pass through the defense to her and she blasted a shot to the left post, past Stetson keeper Christa Kennon for the 1-0 lead.
From there the defense took over. The Hatters (5-9, 2-6 A-Sun) were not able to get a shot off in the first half as the defense consistently pushed its attackers out of the FAU zone. The quartet of Danielle Castro, Lisa Rife, Tamea Wimmer and Krista Fine worked together as a team to allow a total of two shots on goal the entire game.
"We marked up on [Emma Astrom] and didn't give her an opportunity to play the ball and since we had four in the back, either myself or Lisa were open to get the ball to push it up," said Castro on the teams play in the back.
"At first [in the beginning of the season] we were struggling a bit because the chemistry wasn't there but like anything it takes time and now we have the chemistry. Julie and Trina are playing well together up top and Kelly and Rhonda are playing well in the center and our defense is finally solid. Our chemistry right now is really good."
The Lady Owls wanted to put the game away at the beginning of the second half and they did so two minutes in. Jones sent a beautiful cross pass to the middle of the box to the waiting head of Ferguson who put it away for the 2-0 lead.
Two and a half minutes later, Ferguson would set up Maso de Moya's second goal of the night when the speedy Scot dribbled down the side and split the two defenders with a pass directly to the feet of Maso de Moya. She immediately set up and rocketed a shot to the lower left post past the Hatters diving keeper, Jordan Rasmussen. The goal extended Maso de Moya's streak of consecutive goals to a program record five games. Ferguson tied the school record with her fourth consecutive game with an assist.
Molly Keating made two saves on the night as the defense kept opposing shot takers out of the zone. Keating recorded her third shutout on the season and lowered her goals against average to 1.22. FAU out shot Stetson 19-3 and led in corner kicks 5-0.
FAU returns to action on, Saturday, October 19th against heated conference rival Samford University at 7:00 pm at FAU Field. The Lady Owls next three home games will all be against conference opponents.