Men’s soccer downs UNF in A-Sun opener, 1-0
Junior Darko Karamatic scored the game-winning goal in the second half to lift the JU men’s soccer team past cross-town rival UNF, 1-0, in the Atlantic Sun Conference opener on Sunday night at Hodges Stadium.

Karamatic recorded his team-leading fifth goal of the season in the 67th minute to help the Dolphins (6-3-1, 1-0 A-Sun) regain the Dennis Viollet Memorial Cup and earn the first point in the annual SunTrust River City Rumble.

Junior goalie Johnny Foley (5-3-1) recorded four saves to get his second shutout, while junior Predrag Ivanovic finished with a team-high three shot attempts. The Dolphins outshot the Ospreys (1-5, 0-1), 15-9, on the evening.

“This was a great team effort tonight,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “UNF played us tough so we had to be patient and we were finally able to take advantage on Nedim’s goal in the second half. I was also happy with how solid our defense was in the match. Overall, it was a good win and we looking forward to building on it at home this week.”

Adam O’Neil had two shots on goal to lead the Ospreys on the offensive end and Tyler Willets had a game-high eights saves to try to keep UNF in it.

After a scoreless first half, junior Daniele Campailla had two of JU’s three attempts in the 50th and 55th minute, but they were both saved by Willets.

Foley kept the Ospreys off the board in the 62nd minute by saving a header shot by O’Neil.

Less than four minutes later, Karamatic beat the goalie in a 1-v-1 situation and slipped the ball in the open net for the 1-0 lead. Senior Nedim Hrustic had a chance to double the advantage two more times in the next five minutes, but one went wide and the other was saved.

The Ospreys had two more attempts in the match that each missed their mark to allow the JU victory.

The Dolphins return to the Ashley Sports Complex on Friday when they host Lipscomb for a conference match at 7 p.m. They finish the week at home on Sunday against Belmont at 2 p.m.