Men's soccer looks to continue hot A-Sun start this weekend

Oct. 11, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU men's soccer team will look to continue its impressive start to the Atlantic Sun Conference schedule this weekend, as they take on Florida Gulf Coast on Friday at 7 p.m. and Stetson on Sunday at 7 p.m.

"The team knows this is a huge weekend for us," said JU head coach Mike Johnson. "We have three consecutive home games and if we are going to reach our goal of a conference championship, we need to get a good result out of each of these games. They could dictate the rest of our season."

The Dolphins have gotten off to a 3-1 start in the conference, earning victories over Gardner-Webb, USC Upstate and Mercer, with a 2-1 road loss to Campbell being the only blemish on their record.

Senior forward Anton Axelsson leads the conference in points (15), points per game (1.50), goals per game (0.60) and is tied for the lead in goals (6). He is also tied for second with three assists. His points per game total is good enough for 27th in the nation.

Florida Gulf Coast (5-5-1, 1-1-1 A-Sun), who is in its first year of competition, is led by freshman midfielder Anthony Forde, and his four goals. Freshman defender Jonathan Koshko has scored three goals of his own for the Eagles. Freshman goalkeeper Adam Glick has been solid in the net so far this season for head coach Bob Butehorn's squad.

"They are a very tough team in their first year," Johnson said. "They have recorded some good results and we have nothing but respect for them. We know we will have to play well and execute to get a win."

Stetson is led by senior forward Tanner Wolfe who has scored three goals and added three assists on the year. His points per game total of 1.18 is third best in the A-Sun. Freshman forward Eugene Starikov has tallied four goals for head coach T. Logan Fleck.

"Stetson is one of the preseason favorites," said Johnson. "They are a very good team and during the last few years we have always had close matches. I know our guys will be up for the challenge on Sunday."