Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer Returns to Familiar Confines for Two, Including Hosting Perennial Power UNC

Aug. 24, 2016

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team begins a three-match homestand with two contests this weekend at their familiar home field, the FAU Soccer Stadium, the first scheduled for Friday night against Jacksonville.

The Owls (1-1) and Dolphins (1-1) kick off at 7 p.m. for the home team's first match in their regular venue this season. Then on Sunday, for the second time in seven days, FAU will face off against a nationally-ranked top 10 opponent, hosting No. 9 North Carolina (2-0 prior to another contest this Friday at FGCU). The 21-time National Championship-winning Tar Heels program visits FAU for the first time ever, with that match beginning at 1 p.m.

Both of these broadcasts will be streamed live, for free, on FAUSports.TV. This will be the only matches featured for free on the platform this season.

Thus far in their two decisions (a 2-1 win over Southern Utah at FAU Stadium and a 3-0 loss at No. 7 Florida), the Owls have had 24 players take the pitch, including nine freshmen. Six first year players have started both matches: Tiril Haga, Elisha Holmes, Alex Maxson, Jessica Monteiro, Pernille Velta and Libby Wissman. Maxson is the team leader in minutes, only sitting out five of a possible 180, and Holmes scored the team's first goal of the season.

JU comes in having split their opening weekend as well, defeating North Georgia 3-0 but falling to Charleston Southern 2-0. Their three goals in the opener came from three different Dolphins, one each by Rachael Burton, Joelle d'Entremont and Zoe Zinnis. Last season, the team was 6-8-3, and their 4-2-1 record in the Atlantic Sun placed them third in the conference standings.

North Carolina has had two clean sheets to begin the year, both at home: 2-0 over UCF and 3-0 against Conference USA squad Charlotte. Like Jacksonville, the Tar Heels have had five different goal scorers for their five total goals (Cameron Castleberry, S.A. Firstenberg, Hanna Gardner, Zoe Redei and Alex Zimball). Goalkeeper Lindsey Harris only faced 12 shots with five saves in the two shutouts. A year ago, the Tar Heels' season ended in the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a record of 15-5-1.

To purchase tickets for any single match throughout this season, or for season ticket plans, call 1-866-FAU-OWLS or visit https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/fau/EN/buy/browse?i%5B0%5D=242.

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