Oct. 27, 2004
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's women's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to a regular season record 10 games, shutting out the Miami Hurricanes 1-0 in double overtime on Wednesday night. Katri Nokso-Koivisto scored the game winning goal with two minutes remaining as the Lady Owls defeated the Hurricanes for the third consecutive year. FAU heads to the Atlantic Sun tournament 11-3-3 overall.
"This was by far our greatest game of the year," said head coach Brian Dooley. "This is the type of game I have been waiting for all year. Our defenders played physical, our midfielders were quick and made great passes and our forwards made big plays and challenged the opposing team. This was a great win for us, especially because we have great momentum heading into the conference tournament."
Miami (3-12) put the pressure on FAU from the start of the second overtime until Susanna Lehtinen changed the momentum. Lehtinen intercepted a pass and pushed the team forward into the Hurricane zone. She found Nokso-Koivisto fighting to get back onside and sent a through pass towards the top left corner of the box. Nokso-Koivisto touched the ball and fired inside of the keeper, who came out of net to contest the shot, for her fourth game-winning goal of the season.
"A few minutes before the goal, both of my legs were cramping up and I was wondering if I could go on," said Nokso-Koivisto, who has scored a goal in five consecutive games. "But I had this feeling that this might be my time to score and Sooski [Susanna Lehtinen] gave me a great ball and I just took advantage of the opportunity. I'm just so happy that we won because this team has fought so hard all year and deserved to get this win."
The Hurricanes nearly ended the game two minutes into the second overtime though. Lindsey Yach, Miami's leading scorer, found a seam in the FAU defense and fired a point blank shot to the top left corner of the net but Megan Coyne made a great stop for the last of her seven saves.
"We have such an awesome defense," said Coyne, who becomes the first goaltender in program history to shutout Miami. "Everybody pulled together and we showed what kind of potential we have and the kind of potential we are going to bring to the conference tournament."
The FAU defense registered its fifth consecutive shutout and ninth of the season, finishing the regular season with the fewest goals allowed (13) in program history. This was the Lady Owls first overtime win this season in six overtime matches, a new program record. Miami outshot FAU 16-12 but FAU held the corner kick lead 6-5.
The Lady Owls return to action Thursday, November 4, at the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament in Buies Creek, NC.