JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville University men’s soccer team dives into Atlantic Sun play this weekend. In the two-game road swing, the Fins will be facing teams that are already a pair of games deep in conference play. JU heads north to Nashville on Friday, Oct. 11 to face the Lipscomb Bison at 7 p.m. and stop in Macon on Sunday with action against the Mercer Bears at 6 p.m.
“Winning on the road is difficult…winning on the road in A-Sun conference play is very difficult,” said Head Coach Ryan Pratt. “It will take a special effort from our team in both games this weekend to get the desired result. I know our guys are up for the challenge and are excited to get the conference season underway.”
If last week’s 2-1 victory over Davidson was any indication, the Dolphins can expect great things in the second half of the 2013 season. Jack Burns’ game winner in double-overtime is the latest example of the fighting spirit that embodies the team. Over the last five years, the Dolphins are 3-2 in their first A-Sun match of the season and look to stretch the series lead this weekend.
Lipscomb sits at 5-5-1 overall and are currently 1-1 in the conference with both games being decided by a single goal. The Bison took a 1-0 loss to FGCU but rebounded with a 1-0 win over Stetson. Junior midfielder Omar Djabi sees most of the ball for the team as he leads with five goals and two assists.
Mercer’s record of 3-8-0 doesn’t give the team enough credit. They will test the Dolphins and have a defensive gem in Greg Ranjitsingh. Last season the junior goalkeeper was ranked 12th in the nation with a .838 save percentage and led the A-Sun in almost every major statistical category for keepers. Continuing his dominance behind the net, he currently sits atop the A-Sun in saves (54), grabbing six in his last contest which was his fifth game with five or more saves.