Nov. 2, 2002
Boiling Springs, NC - The Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team can add another first to the program as the team clinched its first Atlantic Sun conference title with a 2-0 win over Gardner-Webb University Saturday afternoon. The Lady Owls have now won eight straight games heading into the conference tournament.
"We played a good team this afternoon, probably one of the better new teams to the conference but our determination really came through for us today," said head coach Brian Dooley, who got career win number 100.
Trina Maso de Moya broke the record for most points in a season in the ninth minute of play when she scored off of a Kelly Hoffmann corner kick to make the score 1-0. The goal was number 19 on the season and point number 41 to break the previous record of 40 set in 2000. Maso de Moya also extended her consecutive points streak to ten games.
FAU (14-4, 10-1 A-Sun) played solid defense the rest of the way as the team allowed only one shot on goal the entire game and out shot Gardner-Webb (5-12-1, 3-8 A-Sun) 18-6. Molly Keating had one save for her seventh shutout of the season. Keating has only allowed three goals against 11 conference opponents and has a 0.31 goals against average in those games.
Sophomore Kari Kaiser scored her second goal of the year in the 85th minute when freshman Julie Ferguson played a ball in from the left wing that found Kaiser in front of the goal. Kaiser booted it home from close range to secure the win. Ferguson is now tied with Danielle Castro for second place all-time in assists, with 13.
Florida Atlantic claimed a share of the A-Sun conference title with the University of Central Florida but will have the number two seed in the conference tournament because of their early season loss to the Golden Knights.
Twenty individual and team records have been tied or broken so far this year along with three program firsts, including the team's first A-Sun conference title.
Coach Dooley has compiled a 47-24-2 record since coming to FAU in 1999. He is the program's all-time winningest coach and has improved the teams record every year since his arrival. His teams are averaging almost 13 wins a year since he began as a head coach in 1995. His career record is now 100-36-6 and he now holds a .725 winning percentage.
FAU opens the 2002 A-Sun Championships with a bye due to its number two seeding. The Lady Owls will play their first game on Thursday, November 7 against the winner of the Jacksonville vs. Samford game.