Women's soccer opens A-Sun schedule with North Florida on Friday

Sept. 21, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The road to the Atlantic Sun Championship for the Jacksonville University women's soccer begins Friday at the Ashley Sports Complex as they open the conference schedule with cross-town rival North Florida at 7 p.m.

"We are looking forward to opening up the conference schedule this weekend," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "We were able to come through a very tough pre-conference schedule, which included three nationally-ranked opponents, with a 5-3-0 record. Now, we look forward to seeing if those games prepared us for the most important part of every season."

The Dolphins enter Friday's match with a perfect home record after winning a pair of games in the third-annual JU Kick Out Cancer Tournament. Senior Jenny Borschel had the game-winning goal to help the Dolphins down Elon, 3-2, on Sept. 15. They finished the tournament with a 2-0 win against the University of Maryland-County. Borschel tallied an assist and a goal in the game, while senior Michelle Kmiotek recorded her fourth shutout win of the season.

Sophomore defender Katie Orr was also named A-Sun Defensive "Player of the Week" after shutting out the reigning American East Conference scorer leader, Jessica Young.

"It is also great to be able to open up conference play at home," Kouns said. "So far, we have been fortunate enough to stay undefeated at home so we will certainly hope that trend continues after Friday night."

The Opsreys (6-1) come into the Ashley Sports Complex riding a four-match winning streak after defeating South Carolina State, 5-0, on Sept. 17. Courtney Forson earned A-Sun Offensive "Player of the Week" honors after having a hand in six of the seven Ospreys goals last week.

Friday's match up also begins the second-annual SunTrust River City Rumble battle between the two schools.

The SunTrust River City Rumble is a season-long series between Jacksonville's two Division I institutions - Jacksonville University and the University of North Florida that was founded in fall 2005.

The two programs battle annually for the "SunTrust Old Wooden Barrel," which is awarded to the school with the most victories over the other during a school year. The "SunTrust Old Wooden Barrel" will be housed in the winning school's athletic department until the conclusion of the final event of the following year.

The Dolphins took the inaugural "SunTrust Old Wooden Barrel" for the 2005-06 season after defeating the Ospreys 11-9 in head-to-head match ups.