Men’s soccer falls to Belmont, 2-1
Belmont scored a header off a set piece in each half to down the JU men’s soccer team, 2-1, in Atlantic Sun action on a cold and rainy Friday night at the Ashley Sports Complex.

The Bruins (9-6-2, 4-2-2) earned their first win over the Dolphins (9-8, 6-2) in two seasons and snapped JU’s three-match winning streak. The Dolphins also allowed a goal for the first time in more than five halves.

“This is not how we wanted the night to turn out,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “We had some defensive lapses that we shouldn’t have this late into the season. I thought we had plenty of chances to score, but just couldn’t get it in the net. We just need to regroup and look forward to bouncing back on Sunday.”

In the 20th minute of the first half, Bruins’ freshman defender Austin Embry headed in a ball from 10-yards out on a free kick to give Belmont a 1-0 advantage.

Senior defender Philipp Meyner evened the match for JU less than four minutes later on a penalty kick in the top left corner of the net.

Belmont took a 2-1 lead in the second half when freshman forward Dan Meacock headed in a corner kick from senior midfielder Cyrus Eaton in the 61st-minute.

The Dolphins tried to tie the match again, but junior goalie Ron Gravely knocked down six attempts on goal in the second half to preserve the Belmont win.

Junior goalie Joey Sanchez finished the match with five saves between the posts for JU in the loss. The Dolphins finish the 2008 regular-season schedule on Sunday at 1 p.m. in an A-Sun match against Lipscomb. The match will also be senior day as JU will be honoring Meyner, Ramak Niakan Safi, Sebastian Lindholm and Andy Vassilo prior to the game.