The Owls came into Sunday’s game with much on the line: setting the record for the most wins in a single-season in school history, keeping conference tournament hopes alive, and making a lasting impact on their last game at the Ambler Soccer Complex.
However, the cream of the crop in this contest was the group of nine seniors that led the program to it’s first pair of back-to-back double-digit win seasons and breaking more individual records than any class, including Erin Lafferty’s 78 games played in the cherry and white.
Hosting a winless-in-conference Houston Cougars team, the Women’s Soccer team wanted to finish strong and keep in mind the tightness of the conference, considering that no game in the conference has been decided by more than one goal for the Owls.
The Owls were first on the board with a 30th minute goal by Elaine Byerley, who got the assist from senior Kelly Farrell. The Cougars were able to tie things up when Gerogi Dolence found the back of the net in the 63rd minute. After a long wait, senior Kelly Farrell made sure the Owls would win in style, as the AAC leader in goals scored, she etched the last goal ever scored at the Ambler Soccer Complex in the last 5 minutes, which led the Owls to a 2-1 victory over Houston.
The Owls finish the regular season with a 12-6-1 record, with 12 wins being the most in a single season in program history, and ends the conference schedule with a 4-4-1 record. They clinched the 6th seed in the American Athletic Conference tournament, being hosted by SMU and held in Dallas, TX. The tournament will start Tuesday, November 3rd, and after today’s action around the conference, the Owls are slated for a rematch with the 3rd-seed UCF Golden Knights. The last time these two teams met, the Knights were victorious as the home team in Orlando, with a 1-0 final. The game is set to start at 8pm ET (7pm CT) and the American Digital Network will stream the live broadcast from Dallas.