Oct. 19, 2002
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team got its fourth straight shut out and sixth straight conference win by defeating Samford 1-0 on Saturday night. Trina Maso de Moya helped keep FAU (10-4, 6-1 Atlantic Sun) rolling by scoring her 15th goal of the season. Samford falls to 12-4-1 and 6-3-1 in A-Sun play.
Early in the first half Samford's Kelly Christoffer drove a header towards the goal off a corner kick that nearly scored. Minutes later it was FAU who gave the Bulldogs a scare as Julie Feruson had two blasts just miss finding the back of the net. FAU's coach Brian Dooley credits Samford's goalie Crystal Royall for keeping the Owls off the scoreboard for most of the night. "Their goal keeper made some spectacular saves," Dooley said after the game. In all Royall had 10 saves.
In the second half FAU came out strong putting together numerous scoring chances. Maso de Moya and Julie Ferguson combined on a masterful series of give-and-goes that ended with Maso de Moya's shot being deflected just over the cross bar by the keeper. Coach Dooley noted the play of Maso de Moya and Ferguson, "A chemistry developed between Julie and Trina. If they keep it going we will have an excellent presence in front of the goal."
Finally in the 62nd minute the Owls were able to capitalize on its dominant presence in Samford's box. A hand-ball in the Bulldog's box resulted in a penalty kick for the Owls. This time there was nothing Samford's keeper could do as Maso de Moya buried the shot into the lower right corner of the goal.
The lone goal was as much support as FAU's Molly Keating needed in recording her seventh win and fourth shutout of the season. FAU out shot the Bulldogs 21-11 and Keating made six saves.
With the victory the Owls secured their invitation to the conference tournament starting November 7 in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Six teams from the A-Sun make the tournament each year.