Men’s soccer looks for A-Sun Tourney berth starting Friday
The JU men’s soccer team will have one last crack at securing an A-Sun Tournament berth when they began the final week of the regular season on Friday against FGCU in Fort Myers, Fla. at 7 p.m.

The Dolphins (8-7-1, 3-4 A-Sun), who play at Stetson on Sunday at 4 p.m., will need to win at least one of the last two contests this week to earn a spot in the conference postseason tourney.

JU was in similar situation last season entering the final week of the regular season schedule, but the Dolphins dropped a pair of 2-1 road matches at Mercer and Campbell to miss their first tournament since 2004.

“We have our backs against the wall this week,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “We are in the same fate as we were last season, but I know the guys want to avoid that bad feeling and take care of business. I keep telling our guys to keep working hard and good things will happen.”

The Dolphins enter Thursday’s match after splitting their final two contests at the Ashley Sports Complex last week.

After falling behind 3-1 to Campbell in the second half on Oct. 21, senior forward Nedim Hrustic scored two goals to tie the match before junior midfielder Darko Karamatic had a shot deflected into the net by a Camels defender in the 72nd minute to secure a 4-3 victory.

JU couldn’t carry the momentum over in the home finale two days later as Mercer scored on a corner kick in overtime to take a 1-0 win.

Hrustic enters the final week of play still leading the team with a career-best 10 goals, while Karamatic is on his heels with six goals and five assists.

The Eagles (11-3-2, 7-0) secured the A-Sun regular season title after Deion Jones had the game-winning goal in double-overtime to down the Hatters (8-5-1, 6-2), 1-0, on Oct. 22.

Jones leads the team in goals (6) and assists (3), while Adam Glick has recorded a 0.65 goals against average and seven shutouts between the posts for the Eagles.

The Hatters had won six of their last seven matches before falling to FGCU last week.

Fredrik Brustad has scored a team-best six goals, while Kai Eckenrode and Ryan Asare-Bediako each have five goals. Jonathan Mendoza leads the Hatters with nine assists and goalie Andreas Schnabel has 0.67 goals against average.

Last season, the Dolphins dropped a 4-2 decision to the Hatters before bouncing back by defeating the Eagles, 4-1, at the Ashley Sports Complex.

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