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Women’s Soccer Forces OT; Nipped by South Alabama

The Florida Atlantic University women’s soccer team could not complete a comeback losing 4-3 in overtime to the University of South Alabama on Friday night in Mobile.

The loss snaps a three-match winning streak for the Owls. FAU stands 3-7 on the season and 2-1 in Sun Belt Conference action. The Jaguars improve to 4-7-1 and 2-1 in league action.

Trailing 3-0 with nearly 20 minutes left in regulation, FAU mounted a charge to force overtime. Sophomore forward Allison Griffin began the comeback with a goal in the 70th minute after an initial shot by sophomore midfielder Jamie Greany was stopped by the Jaguars’ goalkeeper Melissa Drish.

The Owls cut the deficit to 3-2 when freshman forward Jesse Shugg found the back of the net after passes from sophomore defender Emily Kelly and Griffin . Shugg leads the team with five goals.

FAU evened the match on another goal by Griffin with just under three minutes remaining. The goal is the fourth of the season for the Palm Bay , Fla. native and the fourth in the last two matches. It was set up by a crossing pass from freshman forward Marisa Russo to the left side of the formation.

Tina Schaar scored the game-winning goal for South Alabama with 51 seconds remaining in the first overtime session. Kasey Crowe accounted for the Jaguars’ first two goals, in the 27th and 63rd minutes, and Snavely put the hosts ahead 3-0 with a tally by Kristin Thacker in the in the 70th minute.

FAU outshot the Jaguars by a slim 18-17 margin, including a 12-6 advantage in the second half. Shugg had a game-high five shots, with three shots being on goal. Griffin added three shots while senior defender Janelle Blake, senior forward Laura Hyvonen and freshman midfielder Camille Namba recorded two shots in the match.

The Owls will continue the Alabama road trip on Sunday, October 3 when it battles rival Troy University at 1 p.m.


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