VCU, Jacksonville Post Wins At UR Nike Challenge Cup

September 17, 1999

RICHMOND, Va. - Jacksonville senior midfielder Mladen Dikic posted a pair of goals, including the game-winner at 92:20 to lead the Dolphins to a 2-1 overtime victory over Richmond in the opening round of the UR Nike Challenge Cup at UR Stadium in Richmond, Va. tonight.

VCU secured a 1-0 win over Wisconsin in the first match. With the win, Jacksonville, ranked No. 14 in the latest Soccer America poll, improved to 4-0-0 while the Spiders fell to 3-2-0. Meanwhile, the Rams moved to 4-0-1 on the campaign, and Wisconsin dropped to 3-2-1. Richmond sophomore forward Cam Letke (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) opened the scoring at 29:30, controlling a loose ball in the box, before slipping a shot past Dolphins junior goalkeeper Peter Popovic. The Spiders owned a 1-0 advantage until Dikic netted his first goal of the match, drilling in a shot from 12 yards out at 56:13. Despite each team having numerous scoring chances in the closing minutes, the match went to an extra session. It was the fourth overtime match in UR Nike Challenge Cup history. In overtime, Dikic, lurking near the post, converted junior back Mike Popovic's pass in the 92nd minute, beating Richmond goalkeeper Shawn Alexander (Southfield, MI/University of Detroit Jesuit) to the near post. Alexander was solid in the nets, posting five saves. VCU junior midfielder Gilberto Bejarano proved to be the hero in the first match. He accounted for the contest's only goal at 63:46, hooking a free kick past Badgers net minder Moriba Atiba Baker (five saves).

The Rams, who won their fourth straight match, outshot Wiscosnin 11-8 in a match that developed into a midfield battle. The UR Nike Challenge Cup resumes on Saturday with a pair of matches. Jacksonville will meet VCU in the first game at 5:30 p.m. The 8:00 p.m. contest features Richmond versus Wisconsin.

Match Summary: VCU vs. Wisconsin VCU 0 1 1 Wisconsin 0 0 0 Scoring: VCU: Gilberto Bejarano (free kick) 63:46 Shots on Goal: VCU 11, Wisconsin 8 Corner Kicks: VCU 2, Wisconsin 1 Goalkeeping: VCU: Adam Mead (0 goals, 1 save) 90:00 Wisconsin: Moriba Atiba Baker (1 goal, 5 saves) 90:00 Fouls: VCU 12, Wisconsin 15 Records: VCU: 4-0-1 Wisconsin 3-2-1.

Match Summary: Jacksonville vs. Richmond Jacksonville 0 1 1 2 Richmond 1 0 0 1 Scoring: Richmond: Cam Letke (Unassisted) 29:30 Jacksonville: Mladen Dikic (Unassisted) 56:13 Jacksonville: Mladen Dikic (Mike Popovic) 92:20 Shots on Goal: Jacksonville 15, Richmond 11 Corner Kicks: Jacksonville 1, Richmond 7 Goalkeeping: Jacksonville Peter Popovic (1 goal, 3 saves) 92:20 Richmond: Shawn Alexander (2 goals, 5 saves) 92:20 Fouls: Jacksonville 14, Richmond 16 Records.