Oct. 12, 2011
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women’s soccer team returns to the friendly confines of South Florida to face Sun Belt Conference leading University of Denver and the University of North Texas on Parent’s Weekend.
The Owls will battle Denver, the defending league champions, on Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m. North Texas comes to town on Sunday, October 16 at noon. Both matches will be played at the FAU Soccer Stadium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.
The team has fared much better at home this season, posting a 5-1-1 record. FAU won its last home match in overtime against rival Troy University on October 2. Overall the Owls stand 5-7-1 on the season and are 1-4-1 in league play.
Sophomore forward Jesse Shugg continues to pace an offensive attack with six goals and 13 points. The Burlington, Ontario, Canada native tallied her first assist of the season in last Friday’s 2-1 loss to Middle Tennessee State University. Shugg is the team’s leader with 39 shots.
Fellow sophomore forward Brittney Nash is tops on the team with five assists to go along with three goals. Junior forward Allison Griffin scored her fourth goal of the season on October 7. Griffin has found the back of the net on four of her nine shots this season.
Denver has outscored its league opponents 24-3 with a league-leading 6-0 record. The Pioneers are coming off dominating home wins over the University of South Alabama with a score of 7-0 and Troy with a score of 6-0 last weekend. The team stands 12-2 overall.
Denver is led by Kristen Hamilton’s 11 goals and eight assists while Nicholette DiGiacomo and Kalie Vaughn have added seven goals each. Last year, the Owls dropped a 3-0 decision to Denver in the Rocky Mountain state. The Pioneers are moving to the Western Athletic Conference after this season.
North Texas also enters this weekend’s action unbeaten in five Sun Belt matches. Overall the Mean Green stand 10-3-1 on the season. The team is coming off a 4-1 home victory over Troy and its match against South Alabama was cancelled due to heavy rain on October 9. North Texas is led by Michelle Young with 10 goals and 23 points. Nikki Crocco has scored seven goals while Kelsey Hodges has added five goals. Ellen Scarfone leads the team with six assists.
Live stats of both matches will be provided at www.fausports.com.