April 15, 2013
Boca Raton, Fla. - Three players combined to score seven goals as the offense carried the Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team to victory over a team from Argentina on Saturday, April 13 in a spring exhibition match. This marked the first game in nearly a month since Patrick Baker took over as the Owls' head coach.
"The lineup had changed some since our lasting outing, but we looked sharp from the opening whistle and created some great chances early," said Baker. "We moved the ball within our system and shape at times very well, and the pace of play is improving each week. It was great to score some goals in the run of play and off some set offensive pieces."
"That will do a lot to build the players' confidence in themselves and our system," added Baker, formerly the head coach at Florida State University, University of Georgia and University of Pennsylvania. He served as associate head coach at the University of California-Berkeley before arriving at FAU.
Baker is the only women's soccer coach in NCAA history to take a team to the Division I, II and III postseason tournaments. He was named the 2003 National Coach of the Year by Soccer America, amassed an 80-46-11 record, and had one team advance to the NCAA Division I Final Four. His teams had 18 wins over ranked opponents, including six victories over top 10 teams.
FAU will conclude the spring season with a match at Barry University on Thursday, April 18 in Miami Shores.