First Half Goals Plague Dolphins
Photo By Skip Tapp
Photo By Skip Tapp

STATESBORO, Ga. – In non-conference play, the Jacksonville University men’s soccer team fell on the road to Georgia Southern by a score of 4-1. In his second start of the season, freshman midfielder Valentine Murombo scored his first collegiate goal for the Dolphins.

Scoring in the 14th minute of play, the Eagles took the lead, 1-0, on a one-two play in the box and never looked back.

Georgia Southern’s defense held the Dolphins without a shot until 34:16 into the match while their offense ran on all cylinders, doubling their lead on through ball from Hunter Norton to Aidan Reising with 35:15 on the clock.

Rifling two shots in less than a minute, freshman midfielder Jack Burns did his best to put the Dolphins on the board but they resulted in a block and a save.

The Eagles entered the half with a 3-0 advantage after David Vargas Masis and Eric Dinka partnered on a 20-yard shot.

Nearly two minutes into the second frame, sophomore forward Nathan Dalton crossed the ball to the center of the field to find Murombo on a seven-yard shot for the lone Jacksonville goal of the game, 3-1.

GSU struck again in the 67th minute when Witt Carlisle’s shot hit the crossbar and kicked out to Rocco Bagley who knocked it in for the goal.

The Dolphins continued to battle through the final minutes of the match with scoring opportunities on three corner kicks and two shots from redshirt-freshman midfielder Christian Hernandez, but were unable to capitalize and fell by a score of 4-1.

Burns and Murombo led Jacksonville in shots on the night, combining for seven shots with four of them on-goal.

With the loss, Jacksonville drops to 4-8-1 overall while the Eagles improve to 5-8-0.

The Fins return to Atlantic Sun action this weekend in a road match against Northern Kentucky at 7 p.m.