WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2005
Men's soccer ready to start 2005 season

Aug. 31, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- - The 2005 season is upon the Jacksonville University men's soccer team and there is a light at the end of the tunnel, or on the field at least.

The Dolphins open the 2005 slate at the Ashley Sports Complex against Flagler on Thursday at 4 p.m.

But a new season isn't the only new thing with the men's soccer program. The Dolphins had a lighting system installed at the Ashley Sports Complex, allowing the team to play at night for the first time. The Dolphins will play three games under the lights in 2005.

"I'm excited about the talent level on this team," said head coach Mike Johnson. "This is the most technically gifted team that I have been around at JU in the last four or five years. Our team attitude and chemistry is very positive which will allow us to focus on our main goal of winning the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament and playing in the NCAA tournament," Johnson said.

Last season, Coach Johnson led JU to a 8-8-1 finish in his second tour of duty as head coach.

The Dolphins, return six starters, including 2004 All-Atlantic Sun first-team and NSCAA /Adidas All-South third-team selection forward Tommy Krizanovic. Krizanovic lead the team with 13 goals and 30 points, while having three game winning goals. He was also tied for third on the team with four assists.

Also returning is senior midfielder Brian Blackburn and sophomore defender John Marquart. Marquart was selected to 2004 Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team, while Blackburn was tied for the third on the team in assists with four.

The six returning Dolphin starters will get help from newcomers that know how to score. Freshman twin brothers Novica and Bosho Maric join the Dolphins after setting numerous offensive records for Gulf High School in Newport Richey, Fla. Also joining the Dolphins roster is sophomore transfer Jesse Kehoe who scored a late goal in a 2-0 win over Barry in exhibition action.