Women’s Soccer: Owls split second weekend series

Beat Sam Houston State Friday, Fall to Texas A&M Sunday.

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Women’s Soccer: Owls split second weekend series

Senior forward Taylor Townsend dribbles during last year's 2-2 tie vs Stetson. Photo by  Ryan Murphy

Senior forward Taylor Townsend dribbles during last year's 2-2 tie vs Stetson. Photo by Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy

Senior forward Taylor Townsend dribbles during last year's 2-2 tie vs Stetson. Photo by Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy

Senior forward Taylor Townsend dribbles during last year's 2-2 tie vs Stetson. Photo by Ryan Murphy

Ryan Lynch, Sports Editor

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Women’s soccer split their second weekend series of the year. The Owls beat Sam Houston State 2-0 on Friday, while falling to number four-ranked Texas A&M 2-0 on Sunday.

The Owls now  have their best start to a season since 2003, when they were also 3-1.

Here’s a rundown of this weekend’s trip to Texas:

Game one:

FAU (3-0) 2, Sam Houston (4-1) 0:

Friday saw the Owls face the Sam Houston State Bearkats (4-1) in their first road game outside of Florida.

The first half had no goals, but redshirt junior Sydney Drinkwater and Sam Houston goalie Kyle Hambleton each faced shots. Drinkwater saved three, while Hambleton saved one.

Sophomore midfielder Maddie Pung received the game’s first card in the 14th minute, a yellow.

In the second half, FAU found a scoring breakthrough. Junior forward Geovana Alves received a pass from freshman midfielder Mimi Godoy and fired a shot from 15 yards out to beat Hambleton, giving her team a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute . The goal was her team-leading third of the season.

The Owls continued their scoring in the 61st minute. Freshman midfielder Maria Hasler sent a 25-yard free kick on goal and found the back of net, putting FAU up 2-0.

A series of fouls in the 76th minute saw both Sam Houston midfielder Meredith Carlson and Owls midfielder Lucy Carter receive yellow cards.

Drinkwater finished the game with eight saves and her second clean sheet of the season, while Hambleton finished with five saves. The loss was the Bearkat’s first of the season.

Game Two:

FAU (3-1) 0, #4 Texas A&M (4-0) 2

The Owls’ Sunday opponents were the fourth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies, who made it all the way to the final four of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history last year.

They proved to be FAU’s toughest opponent of the young season.

There was no scoring for either team in the first half, but Owls defender Jade Rhodes received a yellow card in the 38th minute.

In the second half, center forward Emily Bates broke the scoreless tie with a volley in the 68th minute, putting one past Sydney Drinkwater to give Texas A&M a 1-0 lead.

Center attacking midfielder Mikaela Harvey added another goal a minute later, striking a shot on a pass from Karlie Mueller outside the box, giving the Aggies a 2-0 advantage.

Texas A&M’s McKayla Paulson received a yellow card in the 59th minute. It was the Aggies’ only card of the game.

The Owls failed to find scoring as the final scoreline stayed at 2-0. Drinkwater finished the game with nine saves.

Aggies goalkeeper Taylor Saucier had four saves and earned a clean sheet in the victory. The Owls open up at home versus the Miami Hurricanes on Sept. 4 at 7 p.m.

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.