Women’s Soccer: FAU sweeps weekend series with two shutouts

The Owls have now won three games in a row after their opening day defeat.


FAU forward Elisha Holmes (5) attempts to reach the soccer ball first before Florida defender Julia Lester (20).

Zach Evans and Elyscia Saint-Hilaire

Florida Atlantic women’s soccer extended its winning streak to three in a row after defeating Eastern Michigan and Valparaiso this past weekend in Boca Raton, Florida.

Here’s a recap of each game:

Eastern Michigan 0, FAU 3

This game was anything but close, as the Owls dominated from start to finish.

The game started off slowly as both teams tried to figure each other out. There was a shot on goal by Eastern Michigan but it was saved by FAU’s redshirt junior goalie Jennifer Ocampo.

Ocampo finished with a total of five saves on the day.

In the 26 minute, junior Ebba Blomquivst stepped up to the penalty spot after a foul in the box. She went to shoot but was blocked by opposing goalie Kaylin Williams, however the ball was deflected back to her and Blomquivst was able to put the ball in the back of the net to give the Owls a 1-0 lead.

Not long after that the Owls were able to add to their lead. The substitution of senior Asta Arnzdottier for redshirt junior Sammy Vitols seemed to be a good one, as she and sophomore Pernille Velta performed a give and go for the second goal of the game.

After half-time, it didn’t take long to make it near impossible for Eastern Michigan to come back. Off another penalty kick, freshman Miracle Porter scored the third and final goal of the day, which was also her first goal of the year.

Valparaiso 0, FAU 1

After having no shot on target in the first half, FAU scored the lone goal of the game from sophomore midfielder Mary O’Hara with an assist from senior forward Alex Mastrobuono . The goal came from a counter-attack after a Valparaiso corner kick and ended with O’Hara taking a shot above the 18-yard box that bounced off the left post into the net.

Valparaiso had a very promising start to the game, defending with high pressure which resulted in two goal scoring opportunities in the first five minutes of the game. The Crusaders had a total of four shots in the first, all of which were on target.

Going into the second half, FAU needed to bring some of the same intensity that Valparaiso brought during the first half and it did just that. FAU did just that as they lead the second half with five shots on goal while Valparaiso only had three.    

Junior goalie Jennifer Ocampo helped lead the Owls to its victory by finishing out the weekend with her second shutout in three days. She also had four saves on the day.           

With this victory the Owls are now 3-1, and will hopefully continue this winning streak in Fort Meyers, against Liberty University on Friday September 1 at 4:30 p.m.

Zach Evans is contributing writer with the university Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him at fins1993.

Elyscia Saint-Hilaire is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet her at @elyscia_saint18.