Men’s soccer downs Gardner-Webb, 3-2
In his first game back in Jacksonville, sophomore forward Tony Taylor add two goals off the bench to pull the JU men’s soccer team past Gardner-Webb, 3-2, on Friday night at the Ashley Sports Complex.

Taylor, a Bishop Kenny graduate, scored twice on three shots in the second half to help the Dolphins (1-2-0) in his first home match after transferring from USF this season. The Dolphins also played with eight players for more than 60 minutes due to two red card ejections.

“Obviously, that wasn’t our plan tonight to play with two guys down for more than 60 minutes,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “Our guys rose to that adversity and did what they had to do win the game. Championship teams find ways to overcome challenges and I like how the team did that tonight.”

Sophomore forward Wesley Lartey gave the Dolphins the early lead when he knocked a goal in the left pocket of the net from a pass by senior midfielder Ramak Niakan Safi at the 36-minute mark of the first half.

The Bulldogs (0-2-0) evened the match in the second half on a goal by Matt Niescierowicz in the 59th minute.

The tie would last only for 39 seconds as Taylor scored on header from assists by junior midfielders Stefan Runeman and Jonathan Jackson to give the Dolphins a 2-1 advantage.

In the 66-minute mark, Taylor added his second goal inside the right side of the goal from 10-yards out on the left side.

Bradley Morrison scored in the 78th minute for the Bulldogs off a deflection, but the Dolphins held off the late comeback to secure the win.

Senior goalie Joey Sanchez (1-1-0) recorded three saves to earn his first win in the nets for JU, while Bulldogs’ goalkeeper Dane Geraci tallied five stops.

The Dolphins finish the weekend on Sunday against in-state foe Florida Atlantic at the Ashley Sports Complex with kickoff set for 2 p.m.