Oct. 28, 2002
BOCA RATON, FL -- Florida Atlantic University (13-4) used a full game and a full team to defeat the University of Miami (9-8-1), Monday night. The victory was the first ever for FAU against the Hurricanes. More importantly, it was FAU's seventh-consecutive victory and its 11th in the last 12 games. The win streak ties the team record set last season.
"No question this was a good result," said FAU head coach Brian Dooley. "We are so beat up from the JU game (played Saturday). We just didn't have the intensity that we normally play with. But, the team held its composure and continued to fight until the end. That is a testament to how much this team wants to win."
Trina Maso de Mayo, ranked no. 8 nationally in goals scored (18), connected from 20-yards out from a Janine Aylward pass, just over 17 minutes into the match.
The Lady Owls held the 1-0 lead through the half, but saw UM's Michelle Provenzano take advantage of a corner kick to even the match with a little more than 19 minutes to play.
Not feeling the pressure, both teams held to respective game plans. With two minutes remaining, UM was called with a foul. Danielle Castro served the ball across the left side of the net for a waiting Aylward who gathered the ball and scored through traffic.
In all, FAU was out shot 19-8, but relied on a team effort of defensive play and the efforts of keeper Molly Keating. Keating recorded 10 saves to UM's Rachel Elsby's three.
FAU will next travel to Gardner-Webb for the final regular-season conference match. The Lady Owls will then participate in the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship with an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament on the line.