Women’s Soccer: Owls drop two over weekend

Despite close games, team faces woes in second half versus Texas Tech and UC Irvine.


Senior Midfielder Claire Emslie heads a ball to a teammate during Sunday’s 1-0 loss to UC Irvine. Ryan Lynch|Sports Editor

Ryan Lynch, Sports Editor

Women’s soccer could not break a week-long losing streak, falling to both Texas Tech and UC Irvine over the weekend.

The Owls, who have now lost three consecutive games, started the season 6-1.

“In fairness, the last Sunday was the third game in a five-game stretch,” head coach Patrick Baker said. “Kinda similar to today, we just didn’t look like our normal selves.”

Here’s what you need to know from each game this weekend:

Game One:

Texas Tech 2, FAU 1

The Owls began the week in Texas on Friday, facing the No. 17 ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Junior forward Geovana Alves started the game’s scoring in the eighth minute on a cross from senior midfielder Claire Emslie, giving FAU a 1-0 lead.

Texas Tech would later tie it in the 21st minute, when forward Caity Heap received a through ball from forward Janine Beckie and put it past redshirt senior goalkeeper Sydney Drinkwater.

The Red Raiders scored what would prove to be the game winner in the 47th minute, when Heap put a through ball into the box for Beckie. Beckie put the ball in the back of the net for her first goal of the year, giving her team their first lead of the game, 2-1.

FAU (6-3) had two of its players carded, with Alves and senior forward Taylor Townsend each receiving a yellow. Heap also received a yellow card during the game for Texas Tech (5-1-2).

Drinkwater made six saves in the loss, while Red Raider goalie Lauren Watson did not record a save.

Redshirt junior Sydney Drinkwater jumps to make a save during Sunday's game versus UC Irvine. Drinkwater had three saves during the game. Ryan Lynch| Sports Editor
Redshirt junior Sydney Drinkwater jumps to make a save during Sunday’s game versus UC Irvine. Drinkwater had three saves during the game. Ryan Lynch| Sports Editor

Game Two:

UC Irvine 1, FAU 0

Sunday saw the Owls face the UC Irvine Anteaters at home, looking to continue their undefeated record playing in Boca Raton.

The first half of the game saw no goals from either team, with each tallying six shots during the initial 45 minutes.

In the 81st minute, a foul in the FAU box gave the Anteaters their best chance at goal with a penalty kick. Forward Kiana Palacios took the attempt and put it past Sydney Drinkwater to give UC Irvine the lead at 1-0.

The goal would prove to be the game winner, as the Owls (6-4) could not find the net in the final nine minutes.

“Unfortunately, we had opportunities to serve [into] the box and do some things,” said Baker. “We just didn’t do it appropriately.”

Drinkwater finished with three saves, while Anteaters goalie Corey Tobin had four stops.

Women’s soccer will start conference play next week versus UTEP on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m.

“We have not beat UTEP vs UTSA in conference play over the past two years, we know they’re gonna be big asks,” Baker said.

Head coach Baker says that a big factor will be the home stand they start the conference season with; it will help the players recover from being on the road for much of the beginning of the season.

“I think being here at home for a good spell, and sleeping in our own beds and just having that week of true training. We have not had that since week one,” he said.

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.