Oct. 26, 2003
Troy, AL - Florida Atlantic University's women's soccer teams consecutive shutout streak ended but the Lady Owls winning streak reached eight games as the team defeated Troy State 3-1 on Sunday afternoon. Kari Kaiser scored her second game-winning goal of the season as FAU earned its second consecutive Atlantic Sun regular season title. FAU won its program record 15th game of the season.
Troy State (8-9-0, 3-6-0 A-Sun) used a defensive strategy against FAU (15-3, 9-1 A-Sun) in which the Lady Trojans used eight players in their own zone. The Lady Owls frustration mounted until the 70th minute when Kelly Hoffmann helped break a 1-1 tie. She collected the ball halfway into the TSU zone, moved around her defender and passed the ball to Cristina Rodriguez on the far right wing. Rodriguez immediately avoided her defender and found a wide-open Kaiser at the top of the box. Kaiser set up and shot the ball with her right foot to just inside the left post for her second goal of the season.
TSU found new life with 10 minutes remaining, constantly pressuring the FAU zone. Their aggressiveness backfired with 30 seconds remaining when Janine Aylward made a run down the left sideline towards the endline and crossed the ball into the Lady Trojan's box. Lisanne Peart collected the pass, faked left and shot right. But Troy State keeper Laura Longard punch saved the shot to the feet of Autum Baur. Baur immediately shot the ball towards the inside of the right post to the back of the net to put the game away.
Troy State got on the scoreboard first in the 25th minute. Florida Atlantic fouled Erin Doud just outside the left side of the box and her free kick shot sailed over the head of Molly Keating. Keating punched the ball into the cross-bar and it rolled back into the net, giving TSU a 1-0 lead.
Christina Chang would tie the score in the 62nd minute when Aylward's attempted to switch the field failed. Aylward's pass bounced off the face of a TSU defender and landed at the feet of Chang. She dribbled into the box, switched feet and shot to the right corner of the net for her seventh goal of the season.
FAU outshot TSU 14-4 and won the corner kick battle 6-1. Keating saved two shots while Longard recorded six saves.
Florida Atlantic travels to Tallahassee, FL to take on Florida State on Monday, October 27 at 7 pm. This will be the first meeting between the two teams in program history. The Lady Owls return home on November 6 to begin play in the 2003 Atlantic Sun Women's Soccer Championship. For ticket information contact 866-FAU-OWLS.