SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2009
Men’s soccer falls to Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids, 3-0
The Colorado Rapids proved why they play at the highest level in the world after scoring twice in the second half to down the JU men’s soccer team, 3-0, in the Dolphins’ spring opener on Sunday in Sunrise, Fla.

The Dolphins held off the Rapids for most of the first half until they scored less than two minutes before the break. After halftime, the Rapids scored five minutes into the second half and scored a little later to pull away with the win.

Despite the loss, the Dolphins were able to attack the Major League Soccer team on several occasions and matched them in corner kicks in the game with three attempts apiece.

“I thought we played really well,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “It’s hard to open a spring season against a team with so much athleticism and physical talent, but our guys rose to the occasion. This was a positive experience for our team and I’m happy they got this opportunity.”

The Dolphins were able to play every member of the team in the match and left many of the Rapids impressed with JU’s performance.

JU’s match against the Rapids is only the tip of the success from this past year.

In 2008, the Dolphins won 10 or more matches for the second consecutive year with a 12-9-1 overall record and had a 7-2 tally in Atlantic Sun play. JU also sent a program-best seven players to the all-conference team.

The Dolphins learned the true meaning of resilience at the A-Sun tournament by rallying to take down Lipscomb and No. 1 seed Campbell to win the conference title. JU was down 3-1 in the championship match to the arch-nemesis Camels, but scored three second half goals to take a 4-3 win and the Dolphins first automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament since 1998.

In the NCAA Tournament, JU played comeback kids again by rallying for a 4-3 overtime win at Louisville before falling to eventual national runner up North Carolina, 1-0.

The Dolphins will get back into the spring schedule on Feb. 28 when they host Melbourne and Flagler at the Ashley Sports Complex.

After a trip to face the University of Tampa and Creighton on March 7, the Dolphins close out the spring campaign against cross-town rival UNF at home on April 2.