Strong start pushes men’s soccer to 2-1 win over Lipscomb
JU is on a five-game winning streak.
JU is on a five-game winning streak.
Florian Scheck and Stefan Durr scored back-to-back goals and the Dolphins defense made the lead stand up as the JU men’s soccer team posted a 2-1 win over Lipscomb in a conference matchup on Friday night in Nashville, Tenn.

Scheck, a freshman, scored his first career goal in the 43rd minute to ignite the offense and Durr picked up JU-leading fourth goal in the 65th minute for the two-score lead. That advantage was enough to help the Dolphins improve to 4-0 in Atlantic Sun Conference-play and move a season-high two games over .500 overall (7-5-1).

The Dolphins have collected 12 out of a possible 12 points to start conference play to maintain sole possession of first place. Lipscomb fell to 2-2-0 in A-Sun play and 3-9-2 overall.

“It was good to see our team get offensive contributions from different players,” JU coach Mike Johnson said. “Winning conference games on the road is always challenging, but I’m pleased with our start and hopefully we can build on it going forward.”

JU continued a season-long trend of closing strongly, improving to 5-0 this year when leading at halftime. The Dolphins have won five in a row and six of the past seven.

Sophomore goalkeeper Gavin Carlin stayed undefeated as JU member, posting one save to improve to 4-0. All of his victories have come in conference play.

Senior midfielder Daniele Campailla facilitated Scheck’s first-ever tally late in the first half. Campailla connected with the first-year forward with a low cross that Scheck hit into the net’s lower-right side for a 1-0 lead at 42:11.

Almost 20 minutes into the second half, Durr took senior midfielder Darko Karamatic’s pass and scored at 64:28. Karamatic, who won the A-Sun’s “Player of the Week” on Monday after scoring in back-to-back games, recorded a point for a third straight match. Durr, a senior, moved past teammate Nick Rodriguez for the team lead in goals.

Lipscomb’s Nick Bibb scored from the right side of the box after a header attempt by teammate Zander El-Hindi at 78:36 to put the Bisons within one. But the Dolphins prevented the comeback attempt in front of an announced crowd of 383 at LU Soccer Complex.

JU will look to stay unbeaten and in first place on Sunday with another road contest in Nashville against Belmont. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. local time.

- By Brian Bohl