Men’s Soccer advances past Lipscomb to A-Sun Championship final
Junior goalie Joey Sanchez and freshman midfielder Kristian Lassen helped put the JU men’s soccer team in the Atlantic Sun Championship match after the Dolphins advance past Lipscomb, 4-1, in penalty kicks during the first conference semifinal match on Thursday in Buies Creek, N.C.

The Bisons (10-8-4) had a 2-1 lead with less than four minutes remaining in the match, but Lassen tied the game with his second goal of the day to keep the Dolphins’ (10-8-1) season alive.

Sanchez made two crucial saves in the second overtime and swatted a shot away in the penalty kick tiebreaker to put the Dolphins in the A-Sun title match for the second consecutive season.

The Dolphins are set to face the winner of the No. 4 seed Belmont and No. 1 seed Campbell match in the tournament final on Saturday at 3 p.m.

“This was a huge for us,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “I’m really proud of our team tonight. We were so close to being knocked out, but our guys dug down deep and rallied together to put us in the championship match. I have to give credit to Lipscomb because they played a very good match and left all they had on the field as well.

“Overall, we are happy to advance and will start turning our attention to achieving our main goal of the season-to win the A-Sun Championship.”

The Dolphins took a 1-0 lead less than 11 minutes into the match on Lassen’s second goal of the year on a cross from juniors Partick Rundio and Jonathon Jackson.

Angel Chairvez tied the match for the Bisons in the 28th minute after scoring in the top right of the box from passes by TJ Williams.

The Bisons gained a 2-1 advantage less than three minutes into the second half when Miguel DaSilva beat Sanchez on an assist from Garrett McLaughlin.

Lassen halted the Bisons’ championship plans after scoring on a low cross in the box on combined assists by Jackson and senior forward Sebastian Lindholm.

After a scoreless first overtime period, the Bisons pelted the Dolphins’ defense with three consecutive shots in the final two minutes of the period. Sanchez knocked each shot down and finished the second overtime with four saves to keep JU’s season alive.

In the penalty kick session, junior defender Oliver Klingenstein, senior defender Philipp Meyner, junior defender Stefan Runeman and senior midfielder Ramak Niakan Safi each connected on their attempts to send the Dolphins into the tournament final.

The A-Sun tournament final will be streamed live online on ASun.TV through