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BOCA RATON, Fla. - After a scoreless 90 minutes, it took just 3:53 into the first extra frame for Asta Arnadottir to send the host crowd home happy, lifting the Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team to a 1-0 overtime victory over UAB on Wednesday night, and moving the Owls into the Conference USA Championship semifinal round.
Turning Point / The Finish:
The Owls (11-7-2) earned the seeded upset over the No. 3 Blazers (13-4-3), and while they held a 13-6 shot advantage in regulation, were unable to get the all-important first goal. On the match-winning sequence, the ball was played into the center of the box, and deflected to the left side by Elisha Holmes. Arnadottir played it with her left foot to the top corner of the right side of the goal, and despite her best efforts, was immediately swarmed by the rest of her teammates coming from the nearby FAU bench.
- For the senior, it was her third goal of the season, and ninth of her storied career
- Holmes notched her team-high fifth assist this year
- The Owls picked up their fourth straight shutout, and eighth in 2017, with goalkeeper Jennifer Ocampo saving six UAB attempts, on the Blazers' seven total shots
- Playing 93:53 without interruption were Ocampo, Marli Batiste, Madison Caldwell, Ashlyn Kitterman and Alex Maxson; Ebba Blomqvist totaled over 83 and Arnadottir 75
- Mary O'Hara had three shots, while Blomqvist, Jessica Monteiro and Miracle Porter each had two
"It was a great game," said Head Coach Patrick Baker. "(UAB) started off like a house of fire, full credit to (Coach) Erica (Demers) and her staff and players, they had a wonderful year, a changing point in their program's history ... (It's) our fourth straight shutout, we managed to find a bit of magic for the goal, and we're just happy for the girls. We're just happy to continue to find a way to advance in this tournament, especially because we're hosting."
The Owls will match up against No. 2 seed North Texas, who defeated Middle Tennessee Wednesday, 4-1. Advancing from the other half of the bracket were Charlotte, who as the tournament's No. 8 seed, leveled regular season champion Rice 1-0, and Louisiana Tech, 2-1 winners over Old Dominion in the No. 4/5 matchup.
Charlotte and Louisiana Tech will play first on Friday, at 11 a.m., and FAU and NT will kick off at 1:30 p.m. from FAU Soccer Stadium.