Men's soccer gears up for Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament on Thursday

Nov. 9, 2005

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- - The quest for the Jacksonville men's soccer team first-ever Atlantic Sun Conference title begins Thursday. The Dolphins (7-9-2, 3-4-1 A-Sun) take on Florida Atlantic at 4 p.m. in the first round of the A-Sun Conference tournament in Macon, Ga. The winner of the A-Sun tournament will also earn an automatic bid into the NCAA College Cup tournament.

"Our goal all season was to make the conference tournament," said head coach Mike Johnson. "We now have to take our goal to the next level by hopefully winning the conference tournament and getting a berth into the NCAA tournament."

The Dolphins earned a spot in the conference tournament two weeks ago after defeating Belmont, 2-1, in overtime. Freshman Akeem Priestley scored the game-winning goal to secure the bid. Last Friday, the Dolphins won their second consecutive Dennis Violett Memorial Cup by defeating cross-town rival North Florida, 4-1, to wrap up the regular season. Junior Tommy Krizanovic scored two goals, while Priestley and freshman Phillip Meyner each added a goal.

Krizanovic will be counted on to produce most of the offensive firepower for the Dolphins in the tournament. He leads the team and ranks second in the conference with 17 goals. Priestley will also be a catalyst after scoring 11 goals, which ranks second on the team and fourth in the conference.

The Owls (7-9-0, 3-4-0 A-Sun) enters Thursday's match after falling to Gardner-Webb, 2-1, on Sunday. Freshman Javier Carillo leads Florida Atlantic with six goals.

In their only head to head meeting this season, the Dolphins fell to the Owls, 2-1, in overtime. Priestley scored the lone goal for the Dolphins.