MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2008
Men's soccer set for NCAA second round match against No. 13 UNC on Tuesday
After a thrilling win in Louisville, the JU men’s soccer team (12-8-1) will face No. 13 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Tuesday for the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
This Dolphins are coming off over a 4-3 overtime win against the Cardinals to reach the second round. The Tar Heels will be playing their first game in the tournament after earning a first round by as the No. 13 seed.
The winner of this match will play the winner of the Michigan State/Illinois-Chicago matchup on either Nov. 29 or 30.
JU vs. UNC
This is the sixth overall meeting between the two schools since 1980. The Tar Heels have won the last four meetings since tying the Dolphins in the first meeting (0-0).
In the last meeting, the Tar Heels claimed a 1-0 victory in Winston Salem, N.C. during the 1991 season.
Scouting the Tar Heels
The Tar Heels enter the 2008 NCAA Tournament in the midst of a five-game losing streak.
North Carolina’ last win came against Virginia Tech, 3-2, at home on Oct. 18. Also mixed into that losing streak was a 2-0 defeat Campbell at Fetzer Field on Oct. 28.
Brian Shriver paces North Carolina on offense with 13 goals in 19 games. Eddie Abadio is second on the team with seven goals, while Kirk Urso has a team-high six assists.
Jacob Wescoe has seen the most action in goal for the Tar Heels with 16 matches between the posts. He has managed 33 saves and a 10-5-1 record.
Dolphins by the numbers:
62- Nedim Hurstic scored the game-winning goal against Louisville less than two minutes into overtime (1:02) to give the Dolphins their first NCAA Tournament win in school history.
12 - The Dolphins have 12 wins for the season, which is the fifth highest total in school history. This is the most wins by a JU squad since 1999 when they posted 12 victories as well, but that total was later vacated by the NCAA due to NCAA violations.
JU has also tallied consecutive double-digit wins for the first time since the late-90’s.
8- Senior midfielder Ramak Niakan Safi has scored a goal in the last five JU matches and has a total on eight goals in the squad’s last seven wins 7- The Dolphins tallied seven wins in the A-Sun for the second consecutive year, which ties the school record.
5 - The Dolphins had five players earn A-Sun second team honors. The five players on the second team set a new A-Sun record.
3- JU has scored in the final two minutes of it’s last three matches to tie itie or win a contest.
2 - Not including head coach Mike Johnson, the Dolphins have two players with NCAA Tournament experience. Senior forward Sebastian Lindholm played for South Carolina in its 2004 run, while sophomore forward Tony Taylor was a member of the USF squad, who fell in the first round last season.
0 - The number of shots given up by the JU defense in the second half of the A-Sun Championship match against Campbell. The Dolphins finished with a 17-3 shot advantage.
2008 MEN'S SOCCER