Women's soccer falls to Florida Atlantic, 2-0

Nov. 4, 2005

Box Score

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - The Jacksonville women's soccer team magic slipper fell off in the Atlantic Sun Conference semifinals as they were defeated by Florida Atlantic, 2-0, Friday night in Boiling Springs, N.C. The Dolphins wrap up the 2005 season with an 8-10-3 overall record.

"I'm tremendously proud of the defensive effort our girls gave tonight," said head coach Chris Kouns. "We were outnumbered and outskilled, but we hung in there and had a chance to create a couple of scoring opportunities that could have helped us break through."

"The back line of Amber Otto, Emilie Howland, Louisa Ward and Kirby Hutton did an outstanding job tonight. Hutton especially did a great job because she absolutely shut down conference player of the year, Susanna Lehtinen,."

Katri Nokso-Koivisto gave the Owls (15-3-1) the early advantage, when she scored on a cross from the right side with eight minutes remaining in the first half. Alicia Tirelli scored with less than 10-minutes remaining in the second half to secure the victory for the Owls.

Junior goalie Michelle Kimotek recorded eight saves for the Dolphins in the loss.

"Overall I'm pleased from top to bottom how our girls stuck to the game plan," Kouns said. "We really hung in there with FAU and that says a lot about the character of our team. We have fought through many adversities this season."

"At one point tonight, we had seven freshmen and two sophomores on the playing field. This was exciting to see for the future of our program."

"Overall we finished our campaign with eight wins compared to our five wins from last season. This is the step in the right direction for the women's soccer program."