Women’s Soccer: Emslie leads Owls in weekend sweep of UAB and FIU

Ties program scoring record with two goals in two games.


Brandon Harrington

Senior midfielder Claire Emslie (9) waits for the whistle to take her free kick from outside the box during the Owls game versus UTSA on Sept. 27. Emslie tied the program record for goals scored with two scores this weekend, pushing her career total to 28. Brandon Harrington | Photo Editor

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Women’s soccer continued their winning streak with two wins this weekend, beating the UAB Blazers and the Florida International Golden Panthers. Their streak, which now sits at six games, is the team’s longest ever in Conference USA play.

With their win Sunday, the Owls advanced to the C-USA playoffs for the first time in program history.

Senior midfielder Claire Emslie tied the program’s all-time scoring record with two goals during the weekend. Kelly McGrath set the record in 1994 with 28 goals over her three-year career.

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

Game One

FAU 4, UAB 0

The Owls defeated the UAB Blazers 4-0 in their final home game of the season Friday night, earning their fifth win in a row. Their victory moved them into fourth place in the conference standings.

Before the game, the team’s senior players were honored on the field with a ceremony featuring their families. Claire Emslie, defender Jade Rhodes, forward Taylor Townsend, defender Alexa Arrasate, defender Gabriella Sosa and midfielder Amanda Lodge were all recognized.

“I didn’t really feel too sad about playing on this field for the last time because I was concentrating on the game,” Emslie said of her final home game. “But I had a lot of good memories on this field, so I am definitely going to miss it.”

FAU (11-7-0, 5-3 C-USA) took 18 total shots in the game, while the Blazers were held to only eight shots, five of which were in the first half.

All four of the Owls’ goals came in the second half, including a stretch of three from the 59th minute to the 65th minute.

“We talked about how they gave up back to back to back goals to North Texas and we said maybe we can be that type of team as well,” said head women’s soccer coach Patrick Baker. “We were fortunate to get two or three, especially on split weekends to get some players so much needed rest.”

Junior forward Geovanna Alves scored two of the Owls’ four goals. “She`s been overdue, and it was a good opportunity to step up and run against some tired legs,” Baker said.

Blazer goalie Angelica Jimenez had six stops on the night, while redshirt junior Sydney Drinkwater had three saves and earned her eighth shutout of the season in the winning effort.

“We gave up some decent looks but it was a nice performance,” Baker said. “We had a week to prepare for this team and I told them a week better matter.”

Game Two:

FAU 2, FIU 0

FAU traveled to Miami Sunday to face the FIU Golden Panthers in their second to last road game of the season.

Claire Emslie put the Owls (12-7, 6-3 C-USA) on the board first in the 18th minute, scoring her 28th career goal on a free kick to give the Owls a 1-0 lead.

Sophomore midfielder Maddie Pung would later extend her team’s lead in the 51st minute, knocking in a header off redshirt junior Erica Burt’s cross to make it 2-0. Her first goal of the year would prove to put the game out of reach for FIU.

Sydney Drinkwater had 11 saves in the shutout effort, while Golden Panthers goalie Nevena Stojakovic had five.

The defeat put FIU at 8-10 on the year (4-5 C-USA) and is their third loss in a row.

Florida Atlantic will play its final regular season game on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. at Western Kentucky University.

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.