Oct. 19, 2011
Boca Raton, FL -The Florida Atlantic University women’s soccer team puts its hopes to play in the Sun Belt Conference’s (SBC) championship tournament on the line with a pair of league matches against Louisiana opponents this weekend.
The Owls will host the University of Louisiana-Monroe on Senior Day on Sunday, October 23, beginning at noon at the FAU Soccer Stadium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. The team begins this week’s action on Thursday, October 20, at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
FAU enters the final two weeks of the regular season with a 5-9-1 record. However, more important is the team’s 1-6-1 record in SBC play. That trails the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and Troy University for the eighth and final team to qualify for postseason play. UALR and Troy both have 3-5 league records.
“We are in a situation where only wins can help us. We have to go after our remaining games with that in mind,” said Brian Dooley, FAU’s head women’s soccer coach. “We have to overcome any obstacles and not look for excuses. We will find a reason to win.”
Thursday’s opponent, Louisiana-Lafayette, stands 4-12-1 overall and is still searching for its first victory after eight conference matches. The Ragin’ Cajuns are led by Kayla Henrie with three goals and two assists. ULL has been outscored by a 17-1 margin in league play.
Meanwhile, Louisiana-Monroe, is also looking for its first SBC victory after dropping a pair of home matches last weekend to Western Kentucky University and Middle Tennessee State University. ULM has a 5-11-1 record on the season. The team is led by Taylor Bonetti’s six goals, while Alyssa Wooden has added five goals and 11 points.
Sunday’s match against ULM will mark the home finale in the careers of senior defender Gabriela DeVries and redshirt junior midfielder Meghan Brown, who is graduating during the 2011-12 school year. DeVries has played in 72 matches in her career and contributed seven assists, including four during her freshman season of 2008. The Navarre native has also scored two goals. Brown, a Davie native, led the Owls with three goals in 2009 and has added three assists to close out her career.
“Gabby and Meghan represent the best of our program. They are exceptional individual and have made the commitment of being a student-athlete a priority in their educational experience at FAU,” said Dooley. “They have been positive contributors to our program.”
Sophomore forward Jesse Shugg continues to pace the Owls’ offensive attack with six goals, 13 points and 41 shots. Classmate Brittney Nash leads the team with five assists to go along with three goals. Junior forward Allison Griffin ranks second on the team with four goals.
Live statistics of Sunday’s home match can be viewed at www.fausports.com.