Aug. 13, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - A senior and two three-year letter winners provide the Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team with an experienced and quality group of goalkeepers for the 2012 season, which begins on Friday, August 17, with a match against in-state rival Jacksonville University at the FAU Soccer Stadium.
In preparation for the upcoming season, FAUSports.com examines the goalkeepers that will be form the core group of returning players for the Owls this fall.
Goalkeeping should be one of the team's strengths for the upcoming season. This unit tallied three shutouts and helped FAU post its third straight home winning record with a 6-2 mark last fall.
"It is good to have experienced players in the goalkeeping unit. It should be one of our strengths this season," said Brian Dooley, FAU's head women's soccer coach.
Leading the effort will be senior Ashley Lantes, who ranks second in program history for career saves. The Clermont native started every match last season and earned Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week honors after tallying 14 saves in a shutout against Furman University. She has been the Owls' starting goalkeeper during the 2009 and 2011 seasons.
Courtney Zwetsch has been a valuable part of the FAU team throughout her career, helping lead the Owls to an appearance in the Sun Belt Conference championship tournament in 2010. The redshirt junior was as the back-up goalkeeper last fall and compiled a 0.59 goals against average in seven matches.
Redshirt junior Manon Transleau provides depth to the unit in her fourth year with the program.
"We're blessed to have two goalkeepers with extensive playing experience. Ashley has been a starter for two seasons and Courtney was in net during the 2010 season," said Dooley.
FAU's season opener against Jacksonville begins at 7 p.m. at the FAU Soccer Stadium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.
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