Recapping a women's soccer milestone

Sept. 26, 2006

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - On Aug. 30, 2006, the Jacksonville University women's soccer team reached the 100-win milestone with a 1-0 victory against Florida International in the home opener at the Ashley Sports Complex.

Over their short 11-year history, the Dolphins have won an Atlantic Sun Conference title, tallied 13 All-America selections, had two conference "Player of the Year" honors and two conference "Freshman of the Year" accolades. They have also had 49 players selected to conference postseason teams since the 1997 season.

With all this success, here is a recap of the milestone wins that have helped the Dolphins turn a start-up program into a contender for the A-Sun title and an NCAA tournament bid.

WIN #1- JU 2, Flagler 1 (Sept. 8, 1996)

The Dolphins earned their first win in program history with a 2-1 victory over in-state foe Flagler. Freshman Sara Robertson, a 5-3 defender from Farmington, New Mexico, scored her first collegiate goal to break a 1-1 tie and give the Dolphins their first win of the season.

WIN #25- JU 1, Georgia State 0 (Nov. 6, 1998)

First-year head coach Mike Johnson, currently head coach of the JU men's soccer team, led the Dolphins to a 14-5-1 record en route to their first A-Sun tournament in their fourth year of existence. The Dolphins opened the tournament with a 5-1 thrashing over Mercer to meet Georgia State in the semifinals. Freshman Kathy Ciriello recorded her only goal of the season to give the Dolphins a 1-0 upset victory over the Panthers and a berth in the conference title game. JU would later lose the championship game to UCF, but sent four players to the all-tournament team.

WIN #50- JU 1, Florida Atlantic 0 (Oct. 8, 2000)

The Dolphins used a second half goal by Hanni Wenzel on an assist from Marit Foss to down former Atlantic Sun rival Florida Atlantic, 1-0, in Boca Raton, Fla. and earn their 12th consecutive win in a row. JU would go on to finish the year with a program-best 19th victories en route to their first A-Sun title in only their sixth year in existence. Foss would dish out a program-record 28 assists and earn first team all-conference honors along with Wenzel.

WIN #75- JU 2, Campbell 1 (Oct. 10, 2002)

Erin Bitterli scored a goal in the pouring rain during the second overtime program to give the Dolphins a 2-1 victory over Campbell at the Ashley Sports Complex.

With the scored deadlocked at one, Bitterli scored the game-winning goal with less that four minutes remaining on an assist from Ranveig Aas-Hanssen.

Trailing 1-0 in the second half, senior Vanessa Illanes tied the game on her ninth goal of the season on an assist by Kristen Holstrom.

Illanes would later earn A-Sun "Player of the Year" honors after leading the Dolphins to their fourth conference title game in five seasons.

WIN #100-JU 1, Florida International 0 (Aug. 30, 2006)

Sophomore Keri Zwikker scored with three seconds remaining in the game to help JU down Florida International, 1-0, on a rainy afternoon in the home opener at the Ashley Sports Complex.

With the game winding down, junior Emilie Howland lofted a ball over the heads of the Golden Panthers defense, which gave Zwikker the opportunity to knock in the game-winner for the Dolphins.

The 2006 Dolphins return to action on Thursday against Kennesaw State for an A-Sun match in Kennesaw, Ga. at 7 p.m. and look forward to adding more success to their illustrious program.