Sept. 11, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla.- Florida Atlantic University's women's soccer team will square off against Columbia University and the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff at the North Florida Invitational this weekend in Jacksonville, Fla. The Owls (0-4-1) face the Columbia Lions (2-0) on Friday, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. and the Golden Lions of UAPB (1-5-0) at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15.
The last time the Owls faced Columbia, FAU's youngest player had just celebrated her third birthday. The Lions won that 1998, just four seasons after the Owls had moved to Division I, contest 3-1 in the only match between the two programs.
Columbia enters the weekend with wins against Manhattan and Sacred Heart sandwiching a loss to Monmouth. The Lions are led by Beverly Leon who has scored two goals on her six shot attempts, including the game-winner in the 82nd minute against Sacred Heart.
UAPB comes to the tournament off of a 9-0 victory over Williams Baptist College (Ark.) on September 9. Seven different Golden Lions scored in the game in which the defense allowed just one shot. FAU has never faced UAPB.
The Owls suffered a loss to the University of Miami in their last match, falling 2-1 as the Hurricanes scored in the final minute of play. Senior goalkeeper Courtney Zwetsch has notched 22 saves on the season while allowing eight goals in her 470 minutes of play.
Following the Invitational, FAU will travel across country to face the University of Southern California on Sept. 19. The Owls' next home game is scheduled for Sept. 22 against the University of Memphis.