Oct. 22, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's women's soccer team qualified for its sixth consecutive Atlantic Sun tournament after defeating Troy University 6-0 Friday night. Denise Brolly recorded her second hat-trick of the year while Katri Nokso-Koivisto notched her third multi-goal game as the two became only the second duo in program history to each register at least 10 goals in a season. Troy falls to 5-9-3 overall and 3-4-2 in the A-Sun while FAU improves to 10-3-3 and 7-2-1.
"It was good to get out [to play] again. Our schedule kind of dies down at the end of the year and we've been waiting to play," said head coach Brian Dooley, who recorded his fifth consecutive 10-win season at FAU. "Our offense is starting to click now, but there are still some areas we need to work on. It was good to end our A-Sun schedule on this note but now we have to focus on Miami."
The Lady Owls offense started clicking in the 20th minute. Christie Ashton tracked down a ball in the right corner and found Michele Fazzari set up at the corner of the box. Fazzari settled the pass, turned around her defender and sent a cross into the middle of the box. Brolly, standing alone in the box, easily headed the ball in for her first goal.
Nokso-Koivisto got into the scoring act 11 minutes later when she scored on a corner kick from Kari Fernandez. Fernandez's kick sailed over the box to the far post to Nokso-Koivisto. The junior-transfer trapped the ball and fired to the near post for her career high 10th goal. The last, and only, time FAU had two 10-goal scorers was in 2002 when Trina Maso de Moya and Julie Ferguson scored 17 and 10 goals.
"Playing with all of these great girls, they are the reason why we score," said Nokso-Koivisto, who also set a career for points (27). "Now we are in the A-Sun tournament and this is one of the reasons why I came to FAU, to help them reach the NCAA Tournament. Hopefully I'll be able to help our team score enough to make it there."
Brolly found the back of the net for the second time in the 59th minute, again courtesy of Fernandez. Off Fernandez's throw-in, Brolly bent her shot from the top-left corner of the box to the upper right corner of the net to give FAU a 3-0 lead. In the 76th minute she scored her career high 14th goal when Nokso-Koivisto headed Alicia Tirelli's cross to her feet and she scored on the open net.
"I'm playing with a lot of confidence now," said Brolly, who also tied her career high for points (35). "It's always nice to score one goal in a game, let alone three, but if coach [Dooley] had told me I would score 14 goals this year, I would have been over the moon with that. But we have to put it all together and do something no other team has done and win the conference tournament. And I think this is the time we are going to do it."
Nokso-Koivisto scored her second goal in the 69th minute when she took Brolly's through pass all the way to net, juked the keeper and scored on the open net. Christina Chang capped off the scoring in the 83rd minute when she beat two defenders on the goal line and flicked her shot to the near post for her first goal in seven games.
Megan Coyne and Christine Lilley combined for the team's fourth consecutive shutout and eighth shutout of the season. Lilley preserved the shutout in the 75th minute when she made a diving save off Erin Doud's shot from the far left wing.
FAU set a program record by registering 34 shots while the Lady Owls defense allowed only three shots. Florida Atlantic led in corner kicks 10-1.
FAU will hold the third seed in the A-Sun tournament and will face off against the six seed.
The Lady Owls return to action Wednesday, October 27 against the University of Miami. For ticket information, call 866-FAU-OWLS.