NORFOLK, Va. –
The Florida Atlantic University women's soccer team was edged out in the semifinal round of the 2018 Conference USA Championship, 1-0 by Southern Miss, on Friday night at Old Dominion.
The Turning Point:
Though the Owls (12-8-1) controlled possession and had a healthy shot advantage, it was Southern Miss' lone corner of the match that provided the only goal. It came in the 41st minute, literally an unassisted goal directly from the corner, by Stephanie Garcia.
FAU would outshoot USM 16-5, including 8-2 in the second half, and eight of the team's 12 corners came after the break. But they could not find the back of the net, despite great looks, and the Golden Eagles would survive to move on to the championship.
"We did a lot of good things tonight," said Head Coach Patrick Baker
. "Had a lot of corners, had a lot of looks on goal … I just feel like, we went down to FIU, we found a way to come back, we went down to Middle (Tennessee), we found a way to come back, and you just do that too many times, there's going to be a time when you don't get out of it, you don't claw yourself out. I didn't think it would be tonight, but it was."
Full Video with Coach Baker:
This likely marks the end of the Owls' season, barring being awarded an at-large bid during Monday's NCAA Selection Show at 4:30 p.m. Should that not come to pass, it would wrap the career of six FAU seniors: Marli Batiste
, Blomqvist, Mimi Godoy
, Hasler, Amanda Karabin