SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011
Men’s soccer battles back to tie FIU, 1-1
Predrag Ivanovic scored his first goal of the season to lift JU to 1-1 tie at FIU.
Predrag Ivanovic scored his first goal of the season to lift JU to 1-1 tie at FIU.
Senior Predrag Ivanovic scored in the 70th minute, allowing the JU men’s soccer team to erase a late deficit and earn a point with a 1-1 tie against FIU on Sunday afternoon in Miami.

Ivanovic’s first goal of the season helped the Dolphins improved to 1-2-1, salvaging a point on a two-game road trip through south Florida after falling to FAU on Saturday. FIU is 2-2-2.

Sophomore Nick Rodriguez picked up a point for a third straight game. After notching his first two collegiate goals in the previous two contests, Rodriguez assisted on JU’s lone scoring strike with 20:59 remaining in regulation.

“I was pleased with the way we bounced back after falling behind,” JU head coach Mike Johnson said. “We have to move forward now and take away the positives from playing two good non-conference opponents this weekend.”

The Golden Panthers took the lead at FIU Soccer Stadium in the 59th minute. Nicolas Rodriguez-Fraile notched his first goal of the season after two crisp passes from Lucas Di Croce and Jahbari Willis, respectively. Rodriguez-Fraile chipped it over JU goalkeeper Johnny Foley for the scoring strike.

But Ivanovic responded almost 10 minutes later, forcing the game into overtime. In the two extra sessions, Foley came up big for the Dolphins. The senior netminder made two of his eight total saves in the second overtime. Foley helped negate a 22-10 FIU edge in shots, including a 6-0 advantage after regulation for the Golden Panthers. Foley has played every second in net during JU’s first four games.

Despite playing in humidity that caused temperatures on the field to hit triple digits, four JU position players logged 110 minutes. Midfielders Ivanovic and Chris Helms and defenders Ashton Pett and Casey Tafuri did not come out for subs, helping JU earn a point on the road for the first time this season.

The Dolphins will next face Temple in a neutral-site game on Stetson’s campus on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

- By Brian Bohl