Krista Fine becomes the first defender to win Player-of-the-Week honors twice.
Oct. 14, 2003
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's women's soccer gained momentum into this weekend's match-ups against Stetson and Jacksonville as defender Krista Fine was named the Atlantic Sun Defensive Player-of-the-Week by the league office Tuesday afternoon. Fine led a Lady Owls defensive unit that shut out two Atlantic Sun opponents and allowed just 10 shots in two matches. FAU (11-3, 6-1 A-Sun) travels to DeLand, FL, to play against Stetson, Friday, at 3:30 pm. Florida Atlantic will then face Jacksonville, Sunday, at 2 pm.
"This is a great honor," said Fine, "but it all starts up front and works its way back. Myself, Dee Dee [Danielle Castro], Rico [Cristina Rodriguez] and Lisa [Rife] all just combined to shut everyone down, especially against Georgia State where we only allowed one shot on goal. I think it was a team effort and any one of us could have earned this award."
Fine, a senior from Delray Beach, FL, becomes the first defender in program history to win Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors twice. The award also marks the first time in program history that two defenders have taken home the award in back-to-back weeks. Fine helped the Lady Owls hold Georgia State to just one shot in the 3-0 win and helped contain four of the A-Sun's top goal scorers. The Owls defense allowed nine shots in a 2-0 shutout win against Mercer. The FAU defense has now recorded four straight shutouts, all against A-Sun opponents, to lower its league leading goals-against average to 0.49. FAU has had three different players earn four Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors this season, more than any other school.
Offensively, the Lady Owls are on a roll. The team has outscored its opponents 13-0 in its four consecutive shutouts. Christina Chang has recorded three goals and two assists and is tied for the team lead in goals and points with Rhonda Jones. Senior forward Lauren Lucena has started to heat up, recording two goals and two assists in her last three games. Sophomore Denise Brolly has recorded an assist in three consecutive games, one game shy of tying the program record for consecutive games with an assist.
Stetson (9-3-1, 3-1-1 A-Sun) last defeated FAU on October, 15, 1999 as FAU has gone 4-0 against the Hatters since. The Lady Owls defeated the Hatters 3-0 last season as Rhonda Jones recorded two assists and the defensive unit allowed only three shots on goal. FAU leads the all-time series 10-7. The Hatters are led offensively by Carrie Lorenz and defensively by keeper April Eilering, who leads the A-Sun with a 0.48 GAA.
Florida Atlantic's match against Jacksonville (6-7, 4-1 A-Sun) has been much anticipated since the Dolphins defeated the Lady Owls in the semifinals of last season's A-Sun Tournament. FAU broke a six game losing streak against JU with a 1-0 win last season as Lisa Rife assisted on the game-winning goal for the Lady Owls. The Dolphins settled the score with a 3-2 overtime win to reach the conference finals. JU is led by Ranveig Aas-Hanssen. The Dolphins will play Central Florida on Friday.
The Lady Owls return home to play Colorado College Thursday, October 23, at 6 pm in the first game of a double-header with the men's soccer team. Individual ticket prices are $4 for adults and $2 for seniors/children. For more information call 866-FAU-OWLS.