Oct. 23, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's women's soccer team celebrated senior night in the team's last regular season home game, and it was the seniors who delivered a 1-0 win against Colorado College on Thursday evening. Danielle Castro and Rhonda Jones hooked up for the game-winning goal 13 minutes into the game as the Lady Owls set a new program record with seven consecutive shutouts and have won at least 14 games in each of their last four seasons.
"This was a quality win for us," said head coach Brian Dooley. "Although for us to continue to play quality teams, we are going to have to keep getting better. We played a little direct the second half, and that's not bad, there is nothing wrong with playing the ball and making runs, but that is not the way we play.
"Defensively, you have to tip your cap to these kids. They battled the opposing team; there are hardly any open players in the box, any shots taken are blocked, and if they do get through, Molly [Keating] is there. Tonight she played a flawless game and she collected everything."
It did not take long for FAU (14-3, 8-1 A-Sun) to get on the board. At 13:21, after a Tigers foul, Castro sent a long free kick into the Colorado box. Jones headed the ball in stride past Meghann Loseke for her career best eighth goal of the season. The assist gave Castro 15 for her career, placing her first on the program's all-time assists list.
The rest of the game was a defensive battle. Both teams kept the ball in the midfield as the Lady Owls defense allowed only two shots in the first half. The defensive unit of Castro, Krista Fine, Cristina Rodriguez and Meredith White consistently pushed the Tigers out of the FAU zone.
Colorado College (6-8-2) came out aggressive in the second half, attempting to swing the momentum. In the 62nd minute, Brittany Kernan sent a free kick into the Lady Owls box just past the outstretched foot of her forward and into the gloves of Keating. Keating recorded three saves on the night for her fifth shutout of the season.
FAU is unbeaten in this month and has not lost in the month of October since October 25, 2000.
The Lady Owls return to action on Sunday as the team travels to Troy, AL to play against Troy State in the teams final conference match. FAU returns home to host the 2003 Atlantic Sun Women's Soccer Championship November 6-8. For ticket information call 866-FAU-OWLS.