Men’s soccer falls in overtime to Mercer, 1-0
Mercer found the back of the net on a loose ball in overtime to knock off the JU men’s soccer team, 1-0, in the home finale at the Ashley Sports Complex on Saturday night.

After two scoreless periods, the Bears (8-5-1, 3-4 A-Sun) got a corner kick in the 97th minute that was delivered to the box by Ian Cameron. The ball slipped to the left to Ian King, who connected with a shot in the top corner of the goal for the game-winning score.

The Bears would also outshoot the Dolphins (8-7-1, 3-4), 14-12, on the night, including combining for a 9-3 shot advantage in the second half and overtime.

“This is a heart-breaking loss,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “We missed too many chances in the first and second half that would have put them away. They finally found the back of the net when I thought we had a chance to turn the momentum for the game-winning goal. Overall, we need to refocus and continuing working for an A-Sun Tournament berth.”

Following the scoreless first half, junior defender Casey Tafuri almost put the Dolphins on the board in the 57th minute after his shot just sailed left of the post.

Less than 12 minutes later, the Dolphins blocked two shots from Mercer in a five-minute span to keep the Bears from scoring.

Mercer’s Philip Thoren was issued a yellow card in the 85th minute, but the Dolphins had their cross on the free kick go out of bounds to miss the scoring opportunity.

JU goalie Zach Greenwald saved a header shot by Josh Shutter with less than three minutes remaining to set up the overtime period.

In overtime, the Dolphins missed another chance in the 93rd minute after junior midfielder Predrag Ivanovic was whistled for double-touching the ball on corner kick. King got a shot blocked less than four minutes to get a corner kick which led to his game-winning goal.

The Dolphins return to action on Friday when they face Florida Gulf Coast in Fort Myers, Fla. at 7 p.m. They close the regular-season at Stetson on Oct. 31 with kickoff at 4 p.m.