FRIDAY, JULY 06, 2007
Men's soccer releases 2007 schedule

July 6, 2007


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The Jacksonville University men's soccer team's prolific offensive attack returns for another season beginning on Aug. 31 as the Dolphins released their 2007 schedule on Friday.

The Dolphins, who have led the Atlantic Sun in scoring over the last two seasons, begin the 2007 campaign with six straight road matches starting with a tournament in Chicago to face DePaul and Loyola-Chicago on Aug. 31 and Sept. 2.

JU will also have another road tournament in Greenville, S.C. with they take on Coastal Carolina and host Furman starting on Sept. 7. The Dolphins will wrap up their preseason schedule with former A-Sun rival Georgia State on Sept. 21 in Atlanta, Ga.

"To be the best, we have to beat the best, so there is no better way to start for us," said JU head coach Mike Johnson. "We are returning eight starters, who went undefeated in our Spring season. Our expectations for this group are very high and our goal is to be champions in 2007."

JU will play five of its nine A-Sun contests at the friendly confines of the Ashley Sports Complex starting with Gardner-Webb on Sept. 28. The Dolphins' home slate also includes USC-Upstate, Florida Gulf Coast, Stetson and a match up against cross-town rival North Florida on Oct. 17 for another installment of the SunTrust River City Rumble. The Dolphins will also be seeking their fourth straight Dennis Violett Memorial Cup over the Ospreys.

The Dolphins conference schedule will have trips to face Campbell, Mercer, Belmont and Lipscomb. JU also has late season non-conference match ups against Presbyterian (Oct. 19) and Flagler (Nov. 2) at home, while facing Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, Fla. on Nov. 9.

Stetson will serve as host of the 2007 A-Sun Conference Championship for the second consecutive year in DeLand, Fla. on Nov. 8-10.

In 2006, the Dolphins reached their second straight A-Sun Tournament and first berth in the conference semifinals since 2002 after leading the conference with 32 goals and 1.68 goals per game. Despite losing the reigning A-Sun "Player of the Year" in Tommy Krizanovic, the Dolphins will return second team all-conference selections Anton Axelsson, who ranked second on the team with eight goals and 21 points to go along with a team-high five assists.

"Now is the time for results," said Johnson. "The team is maturing and is developing mental toughness and consistency that has been lacking in the past. We lost a lot of one goal games in the last two years, which has been haunting and frustrating, but it's our time to shine."