FIU downs winless Old Dominion for their first C-USA win

The FIU women’s soccer team throttled Old Dominion University 4-0 at the FIU Soccer Stadium to snap their four-game losing streak. The Panthers notch their third win of the season and improve their record to 3-7-0. With the victory, FIU gets their first conference win of the season.

Junior Ashleigh Shim continued her stellar play this year. In the 21st minute she drew a foul in the box that lead to a penalty kick, executed and finished by Senior Nicole DiPerna.

DiPerna returned the favor to Shim in the 32nd minute by lobbing the ball her way. Shim chipped it in for her team high, fourth goal this season. The Panthers improve to 3-0-0 when Shim scores a goal.

A foul was called on ODU’s Jackie Stroud in the 52nd minute when she tripped freshman Alyssa Robinso resulting in a yellow card which earned the Panthers a free kick. Off  the set play junior Johanna Volz made a header extending the panthers lead to three goals.

Sophomore Morgan Morris stuck the dagger in ODU as she scored in the 52nd minute which all but sealed a win.

ODU falls to 0-9-0 on the season and suffered their sixth shutout of the year. They had only four shots on goal as opposed to FIU’s eight. ODU made a goalkeeper change at the half swapping freshman Meredith Lenox for the other goal keeping freshman Erin Kinz.

While FIU did score two goals each half ODU’s goalkeeping improved in the second half as Kinz had four saves compared to Lenox’s zero.

The Panthers young defense, anchored by five underclassmen, earned only their third shutout of the season. Goalkeeper Paula Zuluaga got a game high 4 saves in helping tighten the Panther defense.

Lead by Shim’s aggressive first half the Panthers had a season high four goals, doubling their previous season high two goals.

With the win against ODU the Panther improve to 1-1-0 against Conference USA (C-USA) opponents. Their next challenge is against C-USA foe Colorado College on October 4th (7-3-0) who are riding a five game winning streak.

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