SUNDAY, OCTOBER 04, 2009
Men’s soccer rolls past Florida Gulf Coast, 4-1
Sophomore midfielder Andy Mikeska recorded his second goal of the week and had the game-winning assist to help the JU men’s soccer team down Florida Gulf Coast, 4-1, in an Atlantic Sun Conference match on Sunday afternoon at the Ashley Sports Complex.
Mikeska helped tie the match for the Dolphins (3-5-1, 1-1 A-Sun) in the 29th minute and provided the go-ahead pass on a corner kick to close out the first half. Freshman midfielder Davide Faga added his first collegiate goal early into the second half, while senior midfielder Stefan Runeman scored off a penalty kick in the final minute of the match. Sophomore goalie Johnny Foley (3-0) tallied six saves to help secure the win.
The Eagles (3-5-1, 1-1) got their lone score from junior defender Jonathan Koshko, while junior goalie Matthew Smith (3-4-1) made four saves in the loss.
“This was a good way to bounce back,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “We played well in all facets of the game and were able to get the result we wanted. I was also pleased with the way some of our bench guys played in the match. We plan to carry this momentum into practice this week so we can get ready for North Florida.”
In the 22th minute, the Eagles took the 1-0 advantage after Koshko connected on a shot from 30-yards out.
The Dolphins bounced back less than nine minutes later when Mikeska scored his third goal of the season from 20-yards out on a pass by junior forward Nedim Hrustic.
With less than eight minutes remaining in the first half, Mikeska delivered a ball from a corner kick that freshman defender Filip Terland headed into the net to give JU a 2-1 lead.
Faga gave the Dolphins a 3-1 advantage in the 56th minute after scoring from 15-yards out in the top part of the goal.
Less than two minutes later, the Dolphins fought off the Eagles’ offensive pressure as the backline blocked a shot from Koshko and Foley stopped a shot from sophomore defender Kevin Ante.
The Eagles found a way to get a score on a header in the 75th minute, but they were whistled off sides.
Smith fouled freshman forward David Santa Maria in the box during the final second of the match which, allowed Runeman to connect on his second penalty shot attempt of the season.
The Dolphins return to action on Saturday at home when they host cross-town and A-Sun rival North Florida at 7 p.m.
2009 MEN'S SOCCER