Aug. 23, 2005
BOCA RATON, Fl -- After a successful pair of exhibition matches the Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team will begin their 2005 regular season this Friday at 7 p.m., against Monmouth University in Boca Raton.
"We accomplished what we needed in those two games. We were able to create a competitive environment and some excitement, and we were very pleased with our defensive shape," said head coach Brian Dooley.
Florida Atlantic downed Nova Southeastern University and Lynn University both to the tune of 3-0. More impressive than the score is the fact that the Owls allowed only one shot between the two games, and that was on a direct kick by of Nova that freshman goalkeeper Jessica Badders made a left-hand diving save in the far corner.
The offense of Florida Atlantic was smothering for the majority of both matches. The Owls controlled the ball in their offensive end for what seemed like the entire game against Nova, and for a large part of the game against Lynn.
"Having the ball that long allowed us to get into a rhythm and work on our patterns. It was good to see that we can dictate the pace of play," said Dooley.
But neither of those two games will mean anything toward the Owl's hunt for a conference title. That quest starts Friday against a Monmouth team that managed to pull together one of the better recruiting classes in the country.
"They are picked to finish third in their conference and had a good recruiting class. This will be one of our more difficult first games," said Dooley.
Following the game with Monmouth, University of South Florida will invade Boca Raton for a game with the Owls on Sunday, August 28 at 1 p.m.
The Owls were picked as preseason favorites in this year's coaches' poll. FAU was not only picked to win the regular season title, but also the conference tournament. They received nine of the 11 possible first place votes.
"Everyone is ready to get going. It might take a bit to get completely healthy because we have some bumps and bruises, but everyone is ready to get the season going.