JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Sophomore forward Nathan Dalton’s second goal of the week wasn’t enough to defeat Eastern Tennessee State as the Jacksonville University men’s soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision to the Bucs on Saturday night. In the loss, the Dolphins stand at 4-7-1 overall and 2-2 in Atlantic Sun action.
“I’m very happy with how we played tonight,” said Head Coach Ryan Pratt. “I thought we played a very solid, very good 90 minutes … They caught us on two mistakes; they are a very experienced team and capitalized when those moments presented themselves. We have to do a better job of limiting those throughout the game. Having said that, I believe we deserved more out of the game”.
Twelve minutes into the opening half, the Bucs reaped the benefits of a corner kick to take the lead, 1-0, on a well-placed ball from Johnny Campbell that fell to Kristoffer Isben for the flick in.
An otherwise quiet first period, the teams combined for nine shots with the Dolphins taking a 7-2 edge.
The Bucs stretched their lead to two with 64:24 on the clock when Anthony Wojas broke between Dolphin defenders to drop a pass to Donte Brangman who shot it in for the 2-0 goal.
Five minutes later, the Dolphins put themselves in a position to score on a tandem play between senior midfielder Guilherme Brandao and Dalton. A simple cross from Brandao inside the box was enough for the forward to put the Fins on the board, 2-1.
The Dolphins fired off three of their five second period shots in the final ten minutes of the match but were unable to break even.
Sophomore midfielder Kelly Griffin led Jacksonville in shots on the night with three and one on goal.
Starting next week, the Dolphins begin a three-game road stretch, paying visits to Georgia Southern on Tuesday, Oct. 22, Northern Kentucky on Saturday, Oct. 26, and Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday, Nov. 2. Tuesday’s matchup with the Eagles is JU’s final non-conference game of the season and will kick off at 7 p.m.