THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2008
Men’s soccer faces Presbyterian in adidas/Gamecock Classic on Friday
The JU men’s soccer team embark on a road trip so extensive that people may put the Dolphins’ team picture on milk boxes by the end of it.

The Dolphins (1-3-0) begin a season-long, seven match road trip on Friday at 5 p.m. against Presbyterian in Columbia, S.C. for the adidas/Gamecock Classic. They will finish the classic against the host Gamecocks on Sunday at 2 p.m.

“We are looking forward to playing this weekend,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “Last week was a little Jekyll and Hyde for this team emotionally after splitting at home. It was definitely not what we wanted and I am not happy with our performance against Florida Atlantic. We are looking forward to this being an opportunity for us to get back into a winning mindset and take each game one at a time.”

Five of the seven road matches for JU will take place in the state of South Carolina, including two matches at the Saturn of Charleston/Nike Classic starting on Sept. 21 and the Atlantic Sun Conference opener at USC Upstate on Oct. 3.

“The road trip is not ideal, but itprepares us for what we have to do in the conference,” said Johnson. “We are not hosting the conference tournament, but the more opportunities you get to play in hostile environments, and under tough situations, is going to prepare us for what we are going to have to go through in the conference schedule and tournament.”

The Dolphins had a rough start out of the gates last week as JU dropped both matches against UNLV and Western Illinois at the UNLV Rebel Classic. The Dolphins were able to bounce back with a 3-2 win over former A-Sun foe Gardner-Webb on Sept. 5 at the Ashley Sports Complex. The momentum would be short lived as in-state rival Florida Atlantic scored three second-half goals to down JU, 5-1, on Sept. 7.

Junior midfielder Stefan Runeman came out of the week with two goals and an assist. Sophomore forward, and local native, Tony Taylor added two goals off the bench to lift the Dolphins past Gardner-Webb in his first match back in Jacksonville since transferring from USF.

The Dolphins have been using the tandem of senior Joey Sanchez and sophomore Matt Gilman to man the posts in goal. The duo has combined for 14 stops through four matches so far this season.

Fans can follow both matches this weekend through gamecocksonline.com or by clicking the links at the top of the page.