SATURDAY, OCTOBER 07, 2006
Women's soccer knocks off Gardner-Webb, 2-0
Oct. 7, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore Keri Zwikker scored two goals, while Michelle Kmiotek recorded her career-best sixth shutout to help the Jacksonville University women's soccer team defeat Gardner-Webb, 2-0, in Atlantic Sun Conference action on Saturday afternoon at the Ashley Sports Complex.
Zwikker added her first multi-scoring game of the season for the Dolphins (7-6, 2-3 A-Sun) and Kmiotek had five saves to bring her career total to 276, which is one shy of tying program leader Renay Schock at 277.
"I thought our defense was the key to the victory today," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "Just as they were on Thursday night, our back four of Kirby [Hutton], Katie [Orr], Stephanie [Kormanik] and Regan [Riley] were rock solid. Then when you add in Kmiotek and how well she has performed in goal this season, it makes for a tough group to break. They made all the right decisions and set the tone throughout the game with their steady play"
In the second half, Zwikker scored her fourth goal of year after beating the defender and goalie on an assist from senior Jenny Borschel to give the Dolphins an 1-0 advantage at the 68-minute mark.
The duo hooked up again less than two minutes later as Zwikker launched a shot into the net from the right side of the field for the 2-0 lead.
"I was very excited to see Jenny get forward from her outside-mid position on both of the goals," Kouns said. "We need to have our outside midfielders get more involved to open things up for our front runners. Jenny, and Emilie [Howland] on the other outside mid, getting forward was a crucial component in allowing Keri to put away both of her chances."
Lindsey Gladhill, the conference's second highest scorer, led the Bulldogs (8-5-1, 2-3-1 A-Sun) with seven shots, but Kmiotek and the Dolphins defense held her scoreless to earn the win.
"With the two wins this week, we brought ourselves back into the hunt for the A-Sun tournament," said Kouns. "Now we must get ready for a very tough road test. Belmont has proven they are one of the toughest teams in the conference this year and Lipscomb has had tremendous goal keeping. Playing each on the road next week means we have to bring our best effort. If we do that, then there is nothing else I can ask of the girls"
The Dolphins travel to Nashville, Tenn., for pair of A-Sun matches starting on Thursday, Oct. 12. They open with Belmont at 7:30 p.m. before finishing with Lipscomb on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m.
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