BOCA RATON, Fla. - On the team's 2017 Senior Day, it was sophomore Alex Maxson who came up with an on-the-spot goal in the 75th minute, propelling the Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team to a momentous conference win Sunday over UTEP, 1-0.
The Owls (9-7-2, 4-4-1 Conference USA) came into Sunday in a three-way tie for the eighth and final spot in the C-USA Championships, with the Miners (7-11-0, 3-6-0 C-USA) lurking just a point behind. In the midst of a scoreless tie, FAU earned a corner kick that was sent in by Mary Hasler. It wasn't cleanly fielded in the box, but Maxson eventually corralled the loose ball and beat the UTEP keeper for what would prove to be the game-winner with just under 15 minutes left.
From there on out, UTEP would only put up one more shot, saved three minutes later by Owls' goalkeeper Jennifer Ocampo, her eighth of the match. FAU attempted three more shots and ended up with the day's advantage, 15-13.
- Ocampo's save total was just one off her season and career high (nine versus Florida), and was the most she turned away since Sept. 3 (also eight, against Kent State). It also was the most saves she has ever earned in a victory
- For Maxson, it was her first collegiate goal
- Maxson and three others - Asta Arnadottir, Madison Caldwell and Ashlyn Kitterman - all had two shots Sunday, while Mary O'Hara paced the Owls with four
- Ocampo, Caldwell, Kitterman and Marli Batiste had the entire run of the match
- Arnadottir, Caldwell, Lucy Carter, Kelly Harris, Sammy Lujan, Alex Mastrobuono and Maddie Pung were honored pregame, and six of the seven (with the exception of the injured Harris) all played at least 29 minutes in the match
- Of that group, the quartet of four-year seniors - Arnadottir, Caldwell, Mastrobuono and Pung - picked up win No. 40 of their FAU career
"We just said the first goal probably wins it, and can we just get a little bit of a magic moment," said Head Coach Patrick Baker. "Magic came on the corner, got the serve in well, it got knocked down, and Alex Maxson was in the right place at the right time to get her first college goal."
The Owls' 2017 regular season ends with a short road trip to take on FIU in Miami, Friday night at 7 p.m. As previously stated, the top eight finishers in the league standings qualify for the C-USA Championship, beginning the following Wednesday, Nov. 1, at FAU Soccer Stadium.