SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2007
Men's soccer wins 2007 A-Sun Championship!
Oct. 28, 2007
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The JU men's soccer team won the 2007 Atlantic Sun Championship on Sunday after defeating Belmont 2-0 in Nashville, Tenn.
Freshman midfielder Nedim Hrustic opened the scoring in the 25th minute after he fired in the rebound after junior forward Sebastian Lindholm's powerful drive was too hot to handle for Belmont goalkeeper Ron Gravely.
"I am very proud of these guys," said JU head coach Mike Johnson. "They really deserve to be champions. They set their goals high this year and fought all year long to get to this point. Today's game was indicative of their commitment of being champions. They fought hard, fought like champions and winning two games on the road isn't easy.
"They did it the hard way and had gutsy performances from a lot of guys who were playing hurt or sick. Anton is a great captain and a great leader, Nedim stepped up big for a young player and Matt was a difference maker in goal. Our defensive back four have played outstanding this year when we needed them the most. Everyone on the roster was a part of this weekend and this championship and we are looking forward to the A-Sun tournament and qualifying for the NCAAs."
Senior forward Anton Axelsson scored his conference leading 12th goal of the season in the 35th minute after he lobbed the ball over Gravely from just outside the box.
Freshman goalkeeper Matt Gilman made eight saves and along with another stellar performance from the defensive back four comprised of senior Brian Cocciolo, senior Austin Earl, sophomore Eddie Munnelly and freshman Patrick Rundio recorded the Dolphins second shutout of the weekend and fourth A-Sun shutout of the year.
The Dolphins won the first A-Sun championship in JU history, though the team previously won as members of the Sun Belt Conference. Johnson won his first championship in charge of the men's team, having previously won a A-Sun title as head coach of the JU women's soccer team in 2000.
"It's a special time for JU soccer," Johnson said. "A lot of alumni have been around this year and I told our guys we are doing this for more than just us. Having them around definitely benefitted our team."
The Dolphins will be in action again on Saturday taking on Flagler on Senior Day at 7 p.m. at the Ashley Sports Complex.
2007 MEN'S SOCCER