Women’s Soccer: Owls earn first conference win of season

Geovana Alves goal in double overtime at Rice decides Sunday’s game.


Brandon Harrington

UTSA sophomore midfielder Makayla Schmidt (13) fights for possession against Owls junior defender Sophie Sanchez (1) during last Sunday’s 1-0 Owls loss. Brandon Harrington| Photo Editor

Ryan Lynch, Sports Editor

Women’s soccer broke a six game losing streak during the weekend, winning one of two games on the road versus North Texas and Rice.

The win marked the first in three weeks for Florida Atlantic. The team was 6-1 before the losing streak began. Here’s what you need to know from both games this week:

Game one:

UNT 2, FAU 1

The Owls started the weekend against the North Texas Mean Green, but were unable to come away with the win in a 2-1 defeat.

UNT forward Amber Haggerty found the net twice to lead her team to the win, scoring in both the 34th and 85th minutes. Forward Rachel Holden and midfielder Alexsis Cable assisted Haggerty’s first goal in the game.

FAU’s lone goal was scored in the 43rd minute by senior midfielder Amanda Lodge. Lodge’s first goal as an Owl came on a cross from junior defender Kelsey Parry, who received the ball from a teammate (sophomore defender Madison Cauldwell) on a short pass from a corner kick.

Mean Green defender Tess Graham had the game’s lone card, a yellow in the 15th minute.

Redshirt junior goalie Sydney Drinkwater had nine saves in the game, while North Texas goalie Jackie Kerestine had six stops in the win.

With the loss, the Owls (6-7, 0-3 C-USA) dropped their sixth straight game, while UNT improved to 9-2-1 (1-0-1 C-USA) on the year.

Game two:

FAU 3, Rice 2 (2OT)

Sunday saw the Owls head to Houston to face Rice, who sat in fifth place in Conference USA before game time.

Rice scored the first goal of the game on a volley from midfielder Danielle Spriggs, who received a cross from forward Marissa Topolski in the 29th minute and put the home Owls up 1-0.

FAU took the game back in the ensuing 10 minutes, with junior forward Sammy Rowland and sophomore midfielder Alex Mastrobuono scoring in the 34th and 39th minutes respectively, making it 2-1.

Senior forward Taylor Townsend assisted the first goal, while a Kelsey Parry cross made the second possible.

In the final seconds of the second half, Rice took the game into overtime with a goal from midfielder Jasmine Isokpunwu to tie it at two a piece.

After the first period of overtime came and passed without a goal, junior forward Geovana Alves ended the game with her team-leading sixth goal of the season in the 102nd minute.

Rice fell to 6-5-1 on the year and are now 3-2-1 in conference play. Florida Atlantic improved to 7-7 on the year and are now 1-3 in conference play. Next, FAU plays Louisiana Tech on Oct. 9 at 7 p.m. in Boca Raton.

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.