Women's Soccer Shocks Third-Seeded Florida Atlantic, 3-2, in the A-Sun Championships

Nov. 4, 2004

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BUIES CREEK, N.C. - A career night for freshman defender Daniela Davila (Valrico, Fla.) propelled sixth-seeded Jacksonville to a 3-2 upset over third-seeded Florida Atlantic in the opening round of the Atlantic Sun Championships Thursday afternoon at the Eakes Athletic Complex. Davila scored her second goal of the season and first game-winner of her career in the 70th minute to cap the Dolphins' comeback effort. Davila also got her first career assist on the game-tying goal 45 seconds before her game-winner.

JU (5-8-5) got the game-tying goal in the 69th minute when Davila served a corner kick into the penalty box, where sophomore Jenny Borschel (St. Petersburg, Fla.) headed home the goal, her fourth of the season. The Dolphins took the lead 45 seconds later when Davila's free kick, taken after the Owls' Cristina Rodriguez received her second yellow card of the match, caromed off the top right post and into the net.

"We knew coming in that Florida Atlantic's weakness defensively was on set pieces," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "We took advantage of that at the end."

Florida Atlantic (11-4-3) took the early 1-0 lead in the 18th minute when Christina Chang beat JU junior keeper Michelle Kmiotek (Tampa, Fla.) on the left post in the 18th minute. The Dolphins tied up the match at 1-1 in the 61st minute when freshman Courtney Eppleman (Tuckerton, N.J.) found A-Sun All-Freshman Team honoree Jess Newport (Forked River, N.J.) about 25 yards out, where Newport lobbed the ball past Owl goalkeeper Megan Coyne on the back post for her sixth goal of the year.

"Our forwards' work rate tonight really caused disrupted FAU's game," commented Kouns. "I can't say enough about how well those two freshmen played."

The Owls went back in front briefly, 2-1, in the 65th minute when Chang scored her second goal of the night off Michele Fazzari's service. The Dolphins won by shooting almost perfect on the evening. JU took only five shots, with the three goals being the only shots coming on frame in the contest. Florida Atlantic had 14 shots on the evening. Kmiotek had six saves to get her fifth win of the year.

"This was a great game for our team," Kouns. "I'm so proud of every player for the effort they put in tonight. The overtime games this team went through this year really gave us some character.

"This was a total team win. No one expected us to fight like we did in the second half, and our girls came through with their determination and effort."

JU picked up its first win in two weeks after fighting for three straight ties to end the regular season. The Dolphins also snapped Florida Atlantic's 10-match unbeaten streak in a game that was initially delayed 15 minutes for a tornado warning in the Buies Creek area.

JU faces No. 2 seed UCF Friday Nov.5 at 4 p.m. in the semifinals of the A-Sun Championships, hosted by Campbell University.

Jacksonville (5-8-5)033
Florida Atlantic (11-4-3)112

Goals: JU-Jess Newport (Courtney Eppleman) 60:42, Jenny Borschel (Daniela Davila) 68:35, Daniela Davila (unassisted) 69:20. FAU-Christina Chang (Denise Brolly) 17:22, Christina Chang (Michele Fazzari) 64:10. Shots on Goal: JU-3, FAU-8. Corner Kicks: JU-2, FAU-8 Saves: JU-6 (Michelle Kmiotek 6), FAU-0.