SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 07, 2008
Men’s soccer falls to in-state rival Florida Atlantic, 5-1
Senior forward Shire Standes added three goals in the second half to help Florida Atlantic pull past the JU men’s soccer team, 5-1, on Sunday afternoon at the Ashley Sports Complex.

The Owls (1-3-0) have won the last six meetings against the Dolphins (1-3-0) dating back to their days in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

“We didn’t play our game today,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “We needed some guys to step up and fill some voids, but our team wasn’t able to do it. All we can do is regroup and move on to the next match.”

After falling behind in their first three matches, the Owls struck first after freshman forward Darnell King scored on a header off an assist by sophomore midfielder Rocco Pecora less than seven minutes into the match.

The Dolphins answered the same way to tie the game at the 19-minute mark as junior midfielder Stefan Ruman’s header found the back of the net from senior defender Philipp Meyner.

At the 37-minute mark, senior midfielder Liam Ogle knocked in a goal off the back of his foot while facing the other way to give the Owls a 2-1 advantage heading into the half.

In the second half, Standes pushed the lead out further in the 60th minute after leaping over a diving Matt Gilman in goal and scoring on an open net.

The Owls made it 4-1 when Standes scored on the breakaway less than two minutes later. He wrapped up his scoring in the 73rd minute on a goal in the left corner from an assist by freshman forward Calvin Crooks on a cross.

Junior goalie Phillip Lamarre (1-3-0) recorded five saves between the nets for the Owls, while Gilman (0-2-0) made three stops for the Dolphins.

The Dolphins return to action on Friday, Sept. 12, for the adidas Gamecock Classic in Columbia, S.C. They open the classic with Presbyterian at 7 p.m. before finishing against South Carolina a day later.