Women's soccer falls to North Florida, 3-1

Sept. 22, 2006

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore Michelle Lavine scored her first goal of the season, but North Florida used two first-half goals to sink the Jacksonville University women's soccer team, 3-1, on Friday night in the Atlantic Sun Conference opener at the Ashley Sports Complex.

The Ospreys (7-1-0, 1-0 A-Sun) also gained an early lead over the Dolphins (5-4-0, 0-1 A-Sun) in the second annual SunTrust River City Rumble battle standings for the Old Wooden Barrel.

"I'm certainly disappointed, not in the fact we lost, but in the fact that we did not really come to play," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "Credit goes to UNF's senior leadership because they led with intensity from the start and that was the difference in the game."

Katelin Swift gave the Ospreys a 1-0 lead when she scored off a deflection around the 35-minute mark in the first half.

The Ospreys extended their advantage after Caitlin Kovacs scored on a one-on-one situation on an assist by Courteney Strickland with less than 15 minutes remaining in the half.

In the second half, Lavine added a goal at the 23rd-minute mark from an assist by Courtney Eppleman, but Swift tallied her second goal of the game on a penalty kick to secure the win for the Ospreys.

"Maybe we were too tight tonight," said Kouns. "I don't know why were very tight, but I do know that was far from our best effort."

The Dolphins return to action on Thursday, Sept. 28, against Kennesaw State for an A-Sun match in Kennesaw, Ga. at 7 p.m.