SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2009
Men’s soccer takes down St. Joseph’s, 4-0
Sophomore defender Casey Tafuri tallied his first goal and assist in a Dolphins’ uniform to lead the JU men’s soccer team past St. Joseph’s, 4-0, on Sunday morning at the Stetson Soccer Classic in DeLand, Fla.

The Dolphins (1-3-1) dominated the offensive tempo of the match with a 29-3 shot advantage and had four different players score goals to secure the first win of the season. Sophomore goalie Johnny Foley (1-0) secured his first shutout of the season without having to face a single shot.

The Hawks (0-7) got two of their three shots from Rocco Pozzessere, while goalie Andrew D’Ottavi made 10 saves in the loss.

“It was nice to get the victory,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “We finally put together two solid halves and provided a great offensive approach. Now, we have to build of this momentum because we have two very good teams coming to our field next weekend.”

In the first half, Tafuri gave the Dolphins a 1-0 advantage in the ninth minute when he scored on the right side of the goal on a cross by senior defender Eddie Munnelly.

Sophomore midfielder Kyle Johnson added his first colligate goal in the 45th minute on an assist from sophomore forward Tyler Williams.

Tafuri helped the Dolphins take a 3-0 lead in the second half after he delivered a long pass to senior midfielder Jonathan Jackson, who slotted it in the right side of the net.

The Dolphins rounded out their scoring in the 81st minute when freshman midfielder David Santa Maria officially recorded his first collegiate score on a breakaway from a pass by sophomore midfielder Kyle McEntee.

Tafuri and freshman defender Filip Terland each earned a spot on the all-tournament team for the Dolphins to close out the weekend.

The Dolphins look to carry this momentum back home when they host Alabama A&M on Friday to open the JU/Nike Classic. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.