Men’s Soccer Trumps Davidson in Double Overtime
Photo By Skip Tapp
Photo By Skip Tapp

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- The Jacksonville University men’s soccer team used two extra periods to put the Davidson Wildcats away, 2-1, on Sunday evening. JU’s goal in the 106th minute of the match improves the team to 2-5-1 on the season in its final game before Atlantic Sun action.

“First of all, I want to say how proud I am of the guys and the effort we gave tonight,” said Head Coach Ryan Pratt. “We had some guys playing out of position tonight and had to shuffle around quite a bit but the guys came out and put together an effort that was something to be proud and something I was glad to see.”

A pair of sophomores broke the Fins’ two-game scoring drought six minutes into the matchup. With 6:49 on the clock, midfielder Juan Arguedas was able to beat his defender down the left flank and used an open center field to cross the ball to forward Nathan Dalton who sent it in for the score, 1-0.

The score remained 1-0 through 20 minutes of the second frame when Davidson’s Valeiry Sviderskiy used a cross from Drew Brown inside the penalty area to tap the ball past keeper Marc Meny.

Stalling at 1-1, it required two overtime periods to break the impasse. The Dolphins relied on three players for the game-winning goal. The play started with a JU free kick that was cleared to midfielder Mathias Axelsson who touched it over to defender Shenaldo Parkes. Parkes then crossed it from the left side of the field to the far post where midfielder Jack Burns was open for the game-winning header.

“It was great to get the goal”, said Burns.  “Going into extra time pushes the limits for everyone. I was just lucky enough to be on the receiving end of a great ball from Shenaldo.”

Goalie Meny returned to JU’s lineup recording six saves in his second win of the season (2-3-1).

“This is a great way to finish up our non-conference schedule. We’re looking forward to our trip up to Lipscomb on Friday and now the rigors of conference season begin. I think our schedule so far has been tough and is going to prepare us for what we’ll see Friday night,” continued Pratt.

The Dolphins begin Atlantic Sun play on Friday, Oct. 11 with a visit to Lipscomb at 7 p.m.