FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2008
Men’s soccer to face No. 1 seed Campbell in A-Sun Tournament Final on Saturday
After having its heart ripped out last season, the JU men’s soccer team will have a chance to repay the team that caused its pain when the Dolphins hit the field for the Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship on Saturday.
The No. 2 seed Dolphins (10-8-1) will face No.1 seed and host Campbell (14-5) in the championship final for the second year in a row starting at 3 p.m. at the Eakes Athletic Complex in Buies Creek, N.C.
The Camels claimed the 2007 tournament championship from the Dolphins in dramatic fashion to crush JU’s miracle season.
Campbell erased a 1-0 deficit in the 60th minute and both teams scoreless in two overtime periods to force penalty kicks. After each team scored of their first four attempts, JU missed and Campbell connected on the last attempt to claim the title.
This match is also the first time since the 1995 and 1996 seasons that the same two teams will meet in the A-Sun conference final. The Camels appeared in both of those matches, but fell each time to College of Charleston.
“Obviously, this is a huge game for us,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “We were in this position last season as the No. 1 seed, but we came up short. We are looking forward to changing the history of last year and getting over that last hurdle to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament.”
The Dolphins reach the tournament final after knocking off Lipscomb, 4-1, in penalty kicks during the first match on Thursday.
Freshman midfielder Kristian Lassen tied the match with less than four minutes remaining in the contest to force overtime. Junior goalie Joey Sanchez made a few key saves in the second overtime period and swatted a shot away in the penalty kick tiebreaker to send JU into the final.
Campbell enters the tournament final by scoring on four of its five shots against Belmont en route to a 7-1 victory last night.
The Camels have owned the Dolphins as of late after winning six of the last seven matches, including a 2-1 win over JU on Oct 11 at the Ashley Sports Complex. The last time the Dolphins knocked off the Camels was in 2002 with a 4-1 victory.
The A-Sun tournament final will be streamed live online on ASun.TV through atlanticsun.org.
2008 MEN'S SOCCER