Men’s soccer falls to FAU in morning matchup
Nick Rodriguez scored for the second time in two games.
Nick Rodriguez scored for the second time in two games.
Sophomore midfielder Nick Rodriguez scored a goal for a second straight game, but Florida Atlantic struck for two goals in the final 22 minutes as the Dolphins fell, 3-1, on Saturday morning at FAU Soccer Stadium in Boca Raton, Fla.

Rodriguez, who scored for the first time in 21 career collegiate games in JU’s previous game, helped the Dolphins tie the score at 1 with a scoring strike in the 56th minute. FAU’s Sean Grossman responded with a goal in the 68th minute for the game-winner as JU fell to 1-2. The Owls improved to 2-1-1.

“It was good to see Nick score again and to see our team battle back after falling behind,” JU head coach Mike Johnson said. “Unfortunately, FAU kept coming and got those two late goals. But we’ll just have to regroup fast and get ready for another good out-of-conference opponent on Sunday at FIU.”

JU was coming off a 2-0 blanking over UMass in the previous game, giving the Dolphins momentum heading into the team’s first road trip of the campaign. Lightning and a driving rain storm postponed the FAU match from Friday night until Saturday morning, though both teams shrugged off the early 10 a.m. start time, keeping it scoreless into halftime.

FAU finally opened the scoring 1:27 out of the break. JU senior goalkeeper Johnny Foley made the initial save on Darnell King’s shot but Andre McCreath netted his first goal of the season, blasting the rebound to the upper-left corner.

Rodriguez pulled the Dolphins even almost 10 minutes later, racing down the left side before lofting a shot at the box’s edge over FAU goalkeeper Jeremy Crumpton to tie it.

Grossman potted his first goal—and first game-winner— of the year when he headed Karol Chorak’s cross past Foley at the low-right post with 21:58 remaining.

King then capped a three-point morning, potting the insurance marker with 9:08 left. King intercepted a midfield pass, ran in and drew the goalie out of the net before notching his third goal of the year.

Foley finished with three saves and Crumpton posted eight saves.

JU will look to rebound against FIU on Sunday at 1 p.m.

- By Brian Bohl