Krista Fine's great defensive play helped lead the Lady Owls to their record fifth straight shutout.
Oct. 21, 2002
Boca Raton, Fla. - With the heat index rising the Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team was able cool off Jacksonville State University 3-0 Monday afternoon in a crucial Atlantic Sun Conference contest. Three Lady Owls scored goals as FAU won its program record fifth straight game by shutout.
FAU (11-4, 8-1 A-Sun) and JSU (10-4-1, 7-3-1 A-Sun) battled from the start with back and forth play. The first shot did not come until the 7th minute when Trina Maso de Moya headed a shot wide off of a free kick. As the temperature increased, the Lady Owls began to fall back on their heals a bit as the Gamecocks pushed their forwards and started to play more and more aggressive. FAU would not back down though when newly inserted Brandi Herrmann made a nice run down the right side of the field and hit a cross right into the six-yard box. Julie Ferguson made a spectacular play over her defender to take the shot at point blank range to score her ninth goal of the season and make it 1-0
"It was pretty hot to start this game and it really took away from the play in the first half," said head coach Brian Dooley. "We were a bit disjointed, we were letting them get too much of the play, we didn't get our pressures in, and that being said we score a goal to go up 1-0. Like I told our kids, 'it's not how many passes you put together or how beautiful everything is, it's what you do when the ball is in the attacking third.'"
To start the second half, FAU came out strong and poised. Four minutes into the period, Rhonda Jones chipped a shot over her defender to Maso de Moya who dribbled the ball to the box drawing the defense to her. She then sends a through ball into the box where Lauren Lucena takes a shot that is partially blocked, but not enough to keep the ball out of the back of the net for the 2-0 lead.
"The second half came and we just turned it around," said Dooley. "Possession changed, we worked the ball, settled into a great rhythm and we started finding Trina and laying the balls off. Then, boom, Lauren goes in and scores one of her typical goals; throwing her body after it and getting in."
The Gamecocks had a chance to cut the lead minutes after the goal when Liz Hendrix beat the FAU defense and started to make a run at goal, one-on-one. But Krista Fine made an amazing run from across the field to sneak up behind the forward and strip the ball away to preserve the shutout.
"Krista kind of redefines the position," said Dooley about sophomore Krista Fine's play. "She is kind of unorthodox in what she does but she does it all the time. Nobody gets by her, she tackles the ball, she wins headers and she is just a thorn in a forwards side."
Maso de Moya and Herrmann would assist again in the 72nd minute of play when Herrmann would send another cross into the box to Maso de Moya. Maso de Moya's attempted shot went to the feet of Janine Aylward who re-directed the shot towards goal to bring the score to 3-0.
FAU keeper Molly Keating saved four shots for her fifth shutout on the season. Keating, this weeks A-Sun Defensive Player-of-the-Week, has not allowed a goal in the last 416 minutes of play as her goals against average has dropped to 1.02. FAU out shot JSU 13-7 and led in corner kicks 3-1. The Lady Owls tied the record for most shutouts in a season (8) that was set in the 2000 season under coach Dooley.
FAU returns to action Saturday, Ocotber 26th against heated conference rival Jacksonville at 7:00 pm at FAU Field to kick off Parents Weekend/Senior Night.