Boca Raton, FL - Seven home matches and two in-season tournaments highlight the Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team's upcoming fall season.
Head Coach Brian Dooley enters his 14th season with one of his most experienced teams, returning 15 varsity letterwinners from the 2011 season.
The Owls will play in two tournaments this fall: the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament in Fort Myers, from August 24-26, and at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, from August 31 to September 2. The team will face Illinois State University and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay at FGCU, while meeting the University of Northern Arizona and UNLV in Las Vegas.
FAU's non-conference opponents will include former Atlantic Sun Conference rival Jacksonville University on August 17 in Boca Raton; in-state opponent Stetson University on September 8 in DeLand; and UAB of Conference USA on September 16, at the FAU Stadium.
Sun Belt Conference action begins on the road for the second straight season with matches at Troy University on September 21 and University of South Alabama on September 23. FAU defeated Troy 2-1 in overtime in Boca Raton last fall. The team hopes to return to South Alabama for the conference championships on October 31 to November 3.
Western Kentucky University will be the home conference opener on September 28, before battling Middle Tennessee State University in the second game of a men's-and-women's doubleheader on September 30.
FAU will also host the University of Louisiana-Monroe on October 12 before playing the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in the nightcap of a doubleheader on October 14. The regular-season finale will be at home against South Florida rival FIU on October 25.
Coach Dooley's team returns senior goalkeeper Ashley Lantes, who led the SBC in saves and ranks second in program history with 246 saves. Offensively, junior forward Brittney Nash ranked among the conference leaders in assists and scored four goals last fall. Nash chipped in five assists and is the team's top returning point scorer. Junior midfielder started 15 matches last season and has recorded six assists her career. Fellow junior midfielder Lindsey Rice attempted 14 shots in her first season as an Owl after transferring from Florida State University.
The Owls also will be bringing in a talented freshman class to help add quality players and depth to this year's squad.
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