SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2010
Men’s soccer and Stetson battle to 1-1 tie
The JU men’s soccer team battled Stetson to a 1-1 tie on Sunday afternoon in DeLand, Fla. to secure a spot in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.

With the tie, the Dolphins (8-8-2, 3-5-1 A-Sun) earned the No. 6 seed and will travel to Macon, Ga. on Nov. 6 to play No. 3 seeded Mercer.

The Hatters (9-5-2, 6-5-1) secured the No. 2 seed for the A-Sun Tournament with the result and will play the winner of the Dolphins and Bears match in Johnson City, Tenn. on Nov. 11.

“We did tactically what we wanted to do to get in the tournament,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “We wanted to score early, which we did, and later create another goal to put them away that we were almost successful in doing. They caught us off guard with their goal, but our guys did a good job of keeping them off the board for majority the match.

“The backline was great today with Zach Greenwald making crucial spots, while Davide Faga and Predrag Ivanovic played the best match I’ve since them play since they have been here. Overall, our bad luck has run out and we are looking forward to playing again next weekend.”

In the first half, the Dolphins struck first in the 18th minute as junior forward Tyler Williams scored on a header from a pass by freshman defender Martin Resch and junior midfielder Chris Helms for the 1-0 lead.

With less than five minutes left in the half, the Hatters had two corner kicks that set up two shots, but each attempt went high as the Dolphins held on to their lead.

Williams looked to extended JU’s lead less than seven minutes into the second half before Hatters’ goalie Andreas Schnabl snagged the shot to avoid the scoring opportunity.

The Hatters tied the match in the 82th minute after Dan Sackman delivered a shot in the lower right corner of the net on a header pass from Giulio D’Amore.

Sackman and Fredrik Brustad each had a shot in the final minute of the match, but Greenwald saved both attempts to force overtime.

In overtime, Greenwald knocked down two of the Hatters’ five shots to add to his game-high eight saves and secure the tie for the Dolphins.