Women’s Soccer: Geovana Alves, Claire Emslie led team to best start ever

Two wins and a loss highlight week's action.

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Women’s Soccer: Geovana Alves, Claire Emslie led team to best start ever

Junior forward for FAU Geovana Alves (10) attempts to get around Miami defender Maisie Baker (5) to gain possession of the ball. Alves scored once during the three games this week. Max Jackson|Staff Photographer

Junior forward for FAU Geovana Alves (10) attempts to get around Miami defender Maisie Baker (5) to gain possession of the ball. Alves scored once during the three games this week. Max Jackson|Staff Photographer

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Junior forward for FAU Geovana Alves (10) attempts to get around Miami defender Maisie Baker (5) to gain possession of the ball. Alves scored once during the three games this week. Max Jackson|Staff Photographer

Max Jackson

Max Jackson

Junior forward for FAU Geovana Alves (10) attempts to get around Miami defender Maisie Baker (5) to gain possession of the ball. Alves scored once during the three games this week. Max Jackson|Staff Photographer

Ryan Lynch, Sports Editor

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In their third week of play, the women’s soccer program is off to its best start in team history. Two wins and a loss this weekend improved the program to 7-3, putting the team in the top three of Conference USA, along with Marshall and North Texas.

Also notable was that the team played their game at home versus Southeastern Missouri State on Palm Beach State’s campus. This was due to football’s home game against Miami on Friday (which filled the campus with traffic) being played on the same day.

Below is the rundown for each game this week:

Game One:

FAU 1, Jacksonville 0

FAU started its week against the Jacksonville University Dolphins on Wednesday, winning 1-0 in a tight match.

Junior forward Geovana Alves scored the only goal of the the game in the 49th minute, on a cross from sophomore forward Asta Arnadottir.

The goal was Alves’ fourth of the season, and gave the Owls (5-1) the team lead. Arnadottir is second with three.

Redshirt junior Sydney Drinkwater earned her third shutout of the season, making five saves in the winning effort. Jacksonville (1-4-1) goalie Sara Wicks had seven saves.

Game Two:

FAU 2, SEMO 0

Friday, the Owls faced the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks in their second game of the week.

Senior captain and midfielder Claire Emslie gave the Owls the lead early in the game, netting a goal from outside the box on a pass from junior forward Sammy Rowland, making it 1-0.

The goal was the 25th of her career, and would end up being the game winner.

A free kick goal by senior forward Taylor Townsend closed out the game in the 74th minute, extending the Owls lead to 2-0.

FAU goalie Sydney Drinkwater had her second shutout of the week and fourth of this season while making one save. Redhawks goalie Kindra Lierz made three saves, while surrendering two goals.

The win brought FAU to a 6-1 record, while Southeastern Missouri fell to 2-3-1.

Game Three:

Brown 1, FAU 0

The Owls traveled to Rhode Island to play the Brown University Bears (2-2), hoping to continue their week’s form.

In the 13th minute, Bears midfielder Jillian DeSimone scored what proved to be the game’s only goal, putting her team up 1-0.

DeSimone scored a 20-yard shot after receiving the pass from midfielder Erin Katz; goalkeeper Christine Etzel also had an assist on the play.

The goal broke FAU’s 198-minute scoreless streak, which they had built up over the past two games.

Neither team received a card during the game. Etzel had six saves in the shutout, while Sydney Drinkwater made five stops.

The Owls will play at Texas Tech next, on Friday, Sept.18 at 8 p.m.

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