Oct. 20, 2012
Jonesboro, AR - The Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team matched a season-high four goals, but it was not enough as the Owls dropped a 5-4 shootout at Arkansas State University on Saturday afternoon.
Trailing 4-3 mid-way through the second half, the host Red Wolves scored the final two goals of the match, including the game winner in the 85th minute by Kristina Rivera.
FAU was the first team to have a rally, reversing an early 2-0 deficit with three straight goals to take a 3-2 halftime lead. Sophomore defender Amunique Scott started the rally with her first career goal in the 25th minute after an assist from junior goalkeeper Courtney Zwetsch.
Freshman forward Natalia Hernandez found the back of the net in the 36th minute to square the match. The goal was her third goal of the season.
Then, the Owls scored 35 seconds before halftime when sophomore midfielder Nina Mas had her first goal of the season.
Arkansas State tied the match at 3-3 on a goal by Ashley McMurtry in the 59th minute. However, FAU answered once again in the 64th minute on Ellie Smith's third goal of the season. Mas set up the scoring opportunity for the junior midfielder.
The Red Wolves held a 19-13 shot advantage in the match. FAU scored its four goals from seven shots on goal. Hernandez paced the offensive attack with five shots, while Scott added three shots.
FAU stands 5-11 on the season and 3-6 in Sun Belt Conference action. The team find itself in seventh place in the standings with nine points. The Owls can clinch a spot in the eight-team conference tournament with losses on Sunday, October 21, by the University of Louisiana, University of Louisiana-Monroe or the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.
Arkansas State improves to 10-7-1 overall and 4-4-1 in league play.
The Owls will wrap up the regular season on Thursday, October 25, at 7 p.m. with a match against FIU at the FAU Soccer Stadium. Live statistics of the match can be found here. For tickets, contact the FAU Ticket Office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.