BOCA RATON, Fla. – For the second straight postseason, the Florida Atlantic University women’s soccer team has a Conference USA Tournament semifinal date with North Texas, on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at FAU Soccer Stadium. The Owls will look to topple the higher-seeded Mean Green as they did a year ago, with a berth in the C-USA championship on the line.
Owls’ Quarterfinal in Review
Asta Arnadottir came through with the game-winning goal 3:53 into the first overtime on Wednesday night, pushing the No. 6 seeded Owls (11-7-2) past No. 3 UAB in the day’s final quarterfinal matchup. That marked the first golden goal winner for FAU since Oct. 4, 2015, a second-overtime score by Geovana Alves to defeat Rice in Houston, 3-2 (another Owls' OT win came later that season, at Marshall, but came on a Thundering Herd own goal).
Owls’ Semifinal in Preview
North Texas had the biggest offensive showing in round one, a 4-1 victory over Middle Tennessee, three of which came from supersub Taylor Torres, in only the third hat trick in C-USA Tournament history. The Mean Green (13-3-3) are the tournament’s No. 2 seed, and have had only one loss in their last 15 matches.
Just like last year, these two teams did not meet up in the regular season (not since 2015, a 2-1 North Texas victory). That win gave the Mean Green a 9-1 all-time advantage in the series. The Owls made it 9-2 in last year’s semifinal round in Charlotte, knocking off top-seeded NT, 3-2. FAU had taken a 2-0 lead into the second half, before the Mean Green stormed back to tie it up with goals in the 60th and 72nd minutes. But the Owls got the game-winner on a goal from Kelsey Parry at 81:01 and held off the Mean Green for the remainder of the match to make their first conference championship in FAU program history.
The winner advances to the 2017 final match, set for Sunday at 11 a.m. Either FAU or NT will face the team advancing from the top half of the bracket, No. 8 seed Charlotte (10-8-1) or No. 4 Louisiana Tech (14-2-5). The championship will take place at FAU Soccer Stadium and will also be streamed live on ESPN3.