MIAMI, Fla. - Coupled with other league results on Friday night, the Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team moved into sixth place outright in Conference USA with a 1-0 win in the regular season finale over FIU.
The Owls (10-7-2, 5-4-1 C-USA) only took two shots before the half, but turned on the aggressiveness for 13 shots after the break. The tide turned in the 65th, on an Owl corner served in by Asta Arnadottir that eventually trickled past the Panther goalkeeper. It would go down as an FIU (1-12-0, 0-8-0 C-USA) own goal, turning out to be the determining factor.
The FAU defense clamped down, allowing just two Panther shots the remainder of the match. The final attempt came with under five minutes left, saved deftly by Jennifer Ocampo to preserve the shutout win.
- Ocampo earned the team's third consecutive clean sheet, needing just three saves Friday
- Arnadottir, Mary O'Hara and Pernille Velta each had three shots to lead the Owls
- The entire defensive backline in front of Ocampo - Marli Batiste, Madison Caldwell, Ashlyn Kitterman and Alex Maxson - played the entirety of the night and allowed only eight total FIU shots
"We tried to have a clear mind coming in," said Head Coach Patrick Baker. "We did say when it was all said and done, we just need to have one more on the scoreboard. (That would) get a valuable three points and move to 5-4-1 in the conference ... Three straight conference wins, three straight shutouts, two of them on the road and two difficult places to play."
The Owls await one more result, of Sunday's UAB vs. WKU match, to determine their seeding and opponent for next week's Conference USA Championship, beginning Wednesday at FAU Soccer Stadium. The team is currently sixth with 16 points, having leapfrogged Middle Tennessee (15 points) on Friday as the Blue Raiders fell to UAB, 2-1. WKU is at 13 points, and a win by them on Sunday would drop FAU to seventh.