Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team sent its two seniors out winners in their final career home match, earning a 2-1 Sun Belt Conference victory over the University of Louisiana-Monroe on Sunday afternoon at the FAU Soccer Stadium in Boca Raton.
"It meant a lot to have everyone come out and support us today," said senior midfielder Meghan Brown.
Senior defender Gabriela DeVries added: "I just tried to give everything I had. Collegiate soccer goes by so fast and you need to take advantage of every game you play in."
A group of young players helped lead the Owls to the victory, which broke a five-game losing streak and brought the second league victory of the season. The team now has a 6-10-1 overall record and is 2-7-1 in the SBC.
Freshman defender Meagan Borger scored the game winner two minutes into the second half to break a 1-1 draw. The goal was set up by a corner kick by sophomore midfielder Lindsey Rice. Borger headed the ball past the ULM goalkeeper to the left side of the net. It was Borger's only shot of the game. The Winter Springs native has scored in consecutive matches after finding the back of the net at University of Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday.
Sophomore forward Brittney Nash gave FAU an early lead with a goal -- her fourth tally of the season -- in the 20th minute. The Desoto, Texas native received a pass from DeVries down the left sideline. Nash made a move toward the middle of the field and fired a shot from 25 yards out over the ULM goalkeeper.
The visiting Warhawks answered with a goal by Megan Lindholm in the 36th minute to square the match at halftime.
FAU held an 11-8 shot advantage in the match, including eight shots in the first half. Sophomore forward Jesse Shugg paced the team with four shots, while Nash and Rice each added two shots. Freshman midfielder Amanda Odato, senior midfielder Meghan Brown and Borger each had one shot in the victory.
Junior goalkeeper Ashley Lantes made two saves in net to pick up her fifth victory of the season.
DeVries and Brown were honored by the FAU athletic department and women's soccer program in a pre-match ceremony. The senior class has tallied 24 victories and a winning home record in three of its four seasons.
FAU will close out the season on Friday, October 28, at rival FIU in Miami, beginning at 7 p.m. The team has not qualified for the SBC championship tournament. ULM falls to 5-13-1 on the season and 0-10-0 in league play.
The Owls' players will help increase public awareness for Leukemia throughout the community by participating in a national walk on November 12. To donate to this worthwhile cause please visit http://pages.lightthenight.org/pb/BocaRatn11/HootforHope.
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