Oct. 17, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's women's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to nine as the team defeated Stetson 2-0 Sunday afternoon in a pivotal Atlantic Sun conference match-up. Michele Fazzari scored her first career game-winning goal while the Lady Owls recorded their third consecutive shutout and sixth shutout in seven games. FAU improves to 9-3-3 overall and 6-2-1 in the A-Sun.
"I knew this was going to be a difficult game because they are one of the better teams in the conference," said head coach Brian Dooley, who recorded his 125th career victory. "We were fortunate to get the goal off the corner, which took some of the pressure off us, and Katri [Nokso-Koivisto] cemented the win for us with her late goal. This game was big because it helped our placement in the conference but I'm sure we will be facing them again in the conference tournament."
FAU started the game pressuring Stetson (5-5-2, 3-3-1) in its zone, registering five corner kicks in the first 13 minutes of play. The Hatters, though, frustrated the Lady Owls by consistently cutting off their play in the middle and putting pressure on their forwards. Defensively, FAU held its opponent without a shot in the first half for the second time in two games.
Fazzari broke open a scoreless game in the 71st minute when she headed in a loose ball in the box. Denise Brolly's corner kick landed just over Hatter keeper April Eilering into a pack of offensive and defensive players. Fazzari missed her initial header but recovered to score her fourth goal of the year.
"It feels really good to get a goal in an important game like this," said Fazzari. "We were working hard the whole first half but we just couldn't get the ball in the net. We started to get a little tired in the second half but that goal kind of rejuvenated us."
Stetson put the pressure on for the last 15 minutes of play, pinning down FAU in its defensive zone. In the 89th minute of play, Susanna Lehtinen cleared the ball to the left corner of the Hatter zone. Katri Nokso-Koivisto collected the pass at the top left corner of the box and fired a shot past Eilering, who was out to contest the shot, into the right corner of the net for her fifth goal in her last three games.
Megan Coyne recorded her third consecutive shutout and fifth for the year while registering one save. FAU outshot Stetson 15-4 and led in corner kicks 10-3. Florida Atlantic has won six consecutive matches against Stetson by a score of 14-0.
FAU returns to action Friday, October 22 at 7 pm against Troy before taking on the University of Miami on Wednesday, October 27. For ticket information call 866-FAU-OWLS.