Head coach Brian Dooley recorded his first win over Jacksonville.
Oct. 26, 2002
Boca Raton, FL. - Florida Atlantic University got its first win over Jacksonville University in the Brian Dooley era, as the Lady Owls scored with ten minutes remaining to record their sixth straight shutout win 1-0. Trina Maso de Moya scored her program tying 17th goal of the season to extend her consecutive points streak to eight games.
FAU (12-4, 9-1 Atlantic Sun) and JU (13-3-2, 8-1-2 A-Sun) battled back and forth for much of the game as the Lady Owls were determined to break their six game losing streak to the Dolphins. Both teams came out with a fire but JU's fire appeared to grow dimmer as the night went on. FAU missed its first scoring opportunity in the 22nd minute when Lauren Lucena crossed a ball into the box just past Julie Ferguson to the back line. Ferguson did not relent though as she quickly retrieved the ball and passed to the middle of the box where Rhonda Jones hit a one-timer past the defense into the right post.
Jones would miss another opportunity late in the half when Danielle Castro sent a free kick into the box. Brandi Herrmann scooped up the ball and passed it to the top of the 20 yard box where Jones rifled a shot that ricocheted off the cross-bar out of play. FAU out shot JU 8-5 in the first half.
Krista Fine and Castro took control of the defense in the second half as the duo allowed only one shot combined to Vanessa Illanes and Inge Heiremans, two of the top five scorers in the A-Sun. Fine played overpoweringly as she was constantly in front of or behind Illanes to break up the forward's game. Castro's excellent ball-handling skills in the back allowed for many balls to be played to the midfield and forwards and create scoring opportunities.
The Lady Owls came out of the second half immediately playing aggressive as head coach Brian Dooley switched up the teams formation from two forwards to three. The switch put instantaneous pressure on the Dolphins as the team began to play on its heals.
Midway through the second half, FAU keeper Molly Keating came up with a big save as JU got through the defense and sent a cross into the Lady Owls box. Ranveig Aas-Hanssen's shot to the right post was saved by an outstretched Keating to keep the score 0-0.
Maso de Moya took control in the 79th minute of play when she collected a pass from defender Lisa Rife, touched it once, faked the keeper to the right side and hit a low liner to the left post to put FAU up 1-0 with 10 minutes remaining in the game. The assist was the first of the year for Rife, a sophomore from Palm Bay, FL. The midfield took control from there as Jones and Kelly Hoffman played keep away with JU till time expired.
Keating saved three shots to record her fourth shutout in a row. The junior from Inverness, FL. has not allowed a goal in her last six games and has surrendered only three goals against ten conference opponents. FAU has now won ten of its last 11 games, with eight coming by shutout. The nine shutouts on the season breaks the previous record of eight set in 2000. Maso de Moya is only three points away from tying the record for most points in a season (40). FAU out shot JU 16-10 in the game but the Dolphins did lead in corner kicks 3-1.
FAU returns to action on Monday, October 26th, against the University of Miami in the Lady Owls last home game of the year. Game time is set for 7:00 pm at FAU Field.