Men’s soccer falls in A-Sun semifinals to #2 Stetson, 1-0
No. 2 seed Stetson will get another shot at defending its conference crown after scoring the game-winning goal in the 82nd minute to down the No. 6 seed JU men’s soccer team, 1-0, in the Atlantic Sun Conference semifinals on Friday night in Johnson City, Tenn.

Ryan Corning scored on a header to send the Hatters (10-5-2) to the A-Sun title match for the second consecutive season, while goalie Andreas Schnabl made two stops to get the shut out.

“I was really pleased with the way we played - especially our backline,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “We definitely played to win. I thought we executed our game plan well and created a lot of chances that we just missed scoring on in the net. They were able to capitalize on their chance to get the win. Overall, I am very proud of our team.”

The Dolphins (9-9-2) held a 12-8 shot advantage, including outshooting the Hatters, 9-3, in the second half. Junior forward Tyler Williams had four attempts to pace offense.

After a scoreless first half, the Dolphins had a shot from junior midfielder Predrag Ivanovic that was knocked down by Schnabl in the 56th minute.

Williams hit the post with a shot less than 10 minutes later before having another attempt in the 68th minute kick saved from the net by a Stetson defender. Ivanovic was there to take the rebound on the second shot, but his attempt went high.

The Hatters had a shot attempt in the 76th minute, but it was stopped by sophomore goalie Zach Greenwald who finished with three saves.

In the 82nd minute, Stetson’s Gozalo De Mujica and Giuolio D’Amore delivered a cross to the box while Corning finished it with a header for the 1-0 advantage.

The Dolphins had one final attempt to tie the match on a corner kick in the final minute, but a shot by Williams went wide to dash JU’s hopes.

Despite the loss, the Dolphins finished tied for first in the A-Sun with 37 goals. Senior forward Nedim Hrustic recorded a team and conference-best 10 goals en route to earning first team all-conference honors.

Junior defender Tobias Hottner received second team all-conference honors, while fellow backline mate Martin Resch earned all-freshman team accolades.