Second half dooms Men’s soccer in 3-1 loss to Winthrop
Senior Jonathan Jackson recorded an assit for JU in the first half
Senior Jonathan Jackson recorded an assit for JU in the first half
Winthrop exploded for three second half goals to down the JU men’s soccer team, 3-1, at the Soccer for a Cure Classic on Friday afternoon in Boiling Springs, N.C.

Trailing by a goal, the Eagles (1-1) scored two quick goals less than five minutes of each other to start the second half, while Michael Luck added the game-winning score in the 87th minute to ensure the comeback victory.

The Dolphins (0-1) got an early goal from junior forward Nedim Hrustic, but the Eagles recorded a 12-3 shot advantage in the second half to keep the Dolphins from scoring again.

“This was not a good night for us,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “We played really well in the first half and completely controlled the tempo, but let the game get away from us. Winthrop is a good team and we can’t lessen our intensity against teams like them. Our goal is to regroup and focus on putting both halves together to get a victory.”

Hrustic put the Dolphins on the board at 24:26 in the first half when he scored a goal past the goalkeeper’s reach on an assist from senior midfielder Jonathan Jackson.

In the second half, Matthew Slonicki laced a shot at senior goalie Joey Sanchez that he knocked down, but Josh Goldstein slide in and scored off the rebound to tie the match in the 54th minute.

Less than four minutes later, Slonicki added his first goal of the season on a breakaway from a pass by Matt Lacey.

The Eagles put the match out of reach with four minutes remaining when Luk scored from 19-yards out on a free kick.

The Dolphins look to rebound on Sunday when they take on host Gardner-Webb at 3:30 p.m.