BOCA RATON, Fla. – After evening up their Conference USA mark a week ago, the Florida Atlantic University women’s soccer team looks to gain more key points this weekend with two matchups at home, Friday and Sunday.
Owls’ Week(s) in Review
The Owls (6-4-1, 1-1-0 C-USA) picked up three points a Friday ago, turning away Old Dominion by a 1-0 score. Mary Hasler had the game-winner just before the half, and the FAU defense, ahead of and including goalkeeper Jennifer Ocampo, earned the team’s fourth shutout this season.
Owls’ Week in Preview
Middle Tennessee (3-5-0, 0-1-0 C-USA) is first into town, for a Friday night contest at 7 p.m. The Blue Raiders fell in their conference opener on Sunday, 1-0 to UTSA, snapping a three-game winning streak. Nearly half of the team’s goals, five of 11, come courtesy of Peyton DePriest, tying her for third C-USA.
Then on Sunday, at 1 p.m., the Owls finish out the weekend by hosting UAB (7-1-2, 1-0-0 C-USA). The Blazers haven’t taken a loss in their last six matchups and won their league lidlifter against UTEP last Friday, 1-0. Rachel Green had the lone goal that night, her fifth of the year, tying her for the team lead (and also part of the group slotting third in the conference) with Megan Hudgens. Goalkeeper Kelsey Daugherty leads the league in shutouts (five, one more than Ocampo), goals against average (.649) and save percentage (.885).
In 13 meetings, the Blue Raiders have an 8-5 edge over the Owls, while FAU has not been beaten by UAB, holding a 4-0-1 all-time advantage. Last season, it was back-to-back 1-0 road wins for the Owls against these two squads. Against Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro, Sammy Rowland’s goal in the 38th minute snapped a five-match losing streak, while Tiril Haga notched her first collegiate goal with just over 20 minutes left to top the Blazers in Birmingham.
The Owls will split home and away next weekend, hosting Southern Miss on Thursday night at 7 p.m., and then traveling to Charlotte for a Sunday afternoon affair, starting at 1 p.m.