Women’s Soccer: Geovana Alves, Taylor Townsend lead way in weekend sweep

Owls take first two on road versus Stetson, North Florida


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Captain and senior midfielder Claire Emslie dodges a defender during the Owls’ matchup versus Stetson in 2014. Emslie netted a goal and had an assist in the team’s 4-1 win against Stetson in this year’s matchup. Photo by Ryan Murphy.

Ryan Lynch, Sports Editor

The women’s soccer took their first two games of the season for the first time in five years, beating both Stetson University and the University of North Florida on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

Junior forward Geovana Alves led the team with two goals in the first two games. Preseason All-Conference USA choice and senior midfielder Claire Emslie scored a goal and added an assist during the game versus Stetson.

Here’s what you need to know from the Owls’ opening weekend:

Game One:

FAU 4 (1-0), Stetson 1 (0-1)

The Owls’ first game of the year took them to DeLand for a tilt against the Stetson Hatters. The two teams played to a 2-2 double overtime tie the last time they met in 2014.

The Florida Atlantic offense got started early in the matchup with a contribution from one of the team’s newest recruits. Geovana Alves scored her first career goal on a pass from Claire Emslie to go up 1-0 in the 16th minute of the game.

Senior forward Taylor Townsend added a tally to the goal sheet to end the half, scoring her first of the year on an assist from junior midfielder Katie Englert to make it 2-0 at the half.

In the second half, Stetson defender Autumn Matthews drew the Hatters within one goal with a header from a corner delivered by midfielder Mara Keomanivane, cutting the Owl lead to 2-1 in the 60th minute.

Redshirt junior defenseman Erica Burt received a yellow card in the 75th minute, the only card issued all game.

Claire Emslie extended the Owl lead to two once again with her own strike on goal in the 87th minute, leaving the Owls up 3-1. It was goal number 23 of her career and her first of the season.

Alves would score once again right after her captain, netting her second of the game to close out the game in the 89th minute, 4-1.

Redshirt junior goalie Sydney Drinkwater earned the win with three saves on the day, while Stetson goalie Kahri Smith made four saves.

Game Two:

FAU 1, UNF 0

Sunday served as the second and final game of the weekend for the Owls, as they came into Jacksonville for a tilt against the University of North Florida Ospreys (1-1).

UNF midfielder Gabrielle Liguori would receive the game’s only card in the 11th minute, a yellow.

Sophomore forward and birthday girl Asta Arnadottir started the scoring for FAU in the 12th minute. Arnadottir scored on a cross from defender Erica Burt to notch her first of the season and put the Owls up 1-0.

That would prove to be the game winning goal, as neither team would find the net during the second half.

Sydney Drinkwater earned her first clean sheet of the year in the win, needing to make just two saves during the game. Osprey goalkeeper Susie Ford made nine saves during the game in the losing effort.

FAU heads to Texas next weekend to face Sam Houston State on Aug. 28 and Texas A&M on Aug. 30.

Ryan Lynch is the Sports Editor for the University Press. For tips regarding this or other articles, he can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter.