Oct. 11, 2012
The Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team hosts a pair of important Sun Belt Conference matches this weekend, beginning tomorrow at 7 p.m. against ULM. Every victory is crucial at this time of the season as a tight race exists to determine the eight teams qualifying for next month's Sun Belt Conference championship tournament.
The Owls will also battle the University of Louisiana-Lafayette on Sunday, October 12 for Senior Day.
The women's soccer team finds itself in a three-way tie for eighth place in the league standings with a 1-4 SBC record. ULM is one of those teams in that logjam, while Louisiana is one point better in seventh place. With each victory accounting for three points and draws giving a team one point, the Owls are just a few victories from fourth place FIU and Arkansas State, which both have 10 points.
Coach Brian Dooley's team could be one that none of the top league contenders want to see again in tournament play. FAU has suffered one-goal losses to North Texas, Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky, with two of those matches going into overtime.
Seniors being recognized on Sunday will be goalkeepers Ashley Lantes, Courtney Zwetsch, and Manon Transleau along with defender Breanna Lewis. Lantes will go down as one of the top goalkeepers in FAU history, being six saves shy of breaking the school career save record (321 set by Molly Keating, 2000-03).
I hope to see you at the FAU Soccer Stadium to provide the team a home-field advantage during this important weekend.