FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2001
Men's Soccer Stuns Stetson with OT Victory in A-Sun Tourney Opener
Nov. 16, 2001
MACON, Ga. - No. 3 seed Jacksonville University used every second possible to stay alive in the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament and seal a 3-2 victory over the No. 2 seed Stetson University on Friday afternoon. Jacksonville scored at the 89:58 mark in the second half to tie the game and send it into overtime where they would go on to earn the victory.
Stetson struck first at the 7:49 mark when Justin Niemann of Bradenton, Fla. found the back of the net on a pass from Chris Fronk of Longwood, Fla. The Dolphins tied the game when Carlos Serrano took a cross from Sean Steed and played it to the left post for a goal at 38:17. Stetson struck again shortly before halftime when Ian Zarac of Blackburn, England blasted a shot from the top of the 18 to the right post. Zarac's goal came off an assist from Joseph Fitzpatrick. The game remained 2-1 until Jacksonville's Stephen Decker of Gainesville, Fla. was able to get a solid strike on the ball in the box with less than three seconds on the clock to tie the game. Serrano recorded an assist on the play that stunned the 433 fans in attendance at Bear Field.
It didn't take long for Serranno and the Dolphins to strike again. In the first overtime, at the 91:12 mark, Serranno scored off of a cross from Hamdy Bonin to escape with the victory. Jacksonville will play Mercer University, who beat FAU 3-0, in the championship at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night at Bear Field.
Score: JU -- 3, Stet. -- 2 Shots: JU -- 16 (Serrano 6, Bonin 4, Decker 2, Steed 2, Donaldson, Kelly), Stet. -- 14 (Niemann 5, Zarac 3, Fronk 3, Osbourne 2, Fitzpatrick) Saves: JU -- Miller 6, Stet. -- Riek 3 Goals: Niemann (Stet., 7:49, assist Fronk, ball in box/played to right post), Serrano (JU, 38:17, assist Steed, cross/played to left post), Zarac (Stet., 43:05, assist Fitzpatrick, shot from 18 to right post), Decker (JU, 89:58, assist Serrano, blasted to right post), Serrano (JU, 91:12, assist Bonin, cross in played to right side).
2001 MEN'S SOCCER