THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 02, 2006
Women's soccer defeats East Tennessee State in A-Sun Tournament, 2-1
Nov. 2, 2006
KENNESAW, Ga. - Sophomore Katie Orr's golden goal during the penalty-kick shootout gave the Jacksonville University women's soccer team a 2-1 win over No. 4 East Tennessee State in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.
With the score deadlocked at 1-1 after regulation and two overtimes, the teams went to penalty kicks to determine the winner. JU earned the decisive goal after outscoring the Buccaneers, 4-3, in five attempts by each team.
The win secures the No. 5 Dolphins' (9-9-1) third consecutive trip to the conference semifinals and will now face No. 1 Kennesaw State on Friday at 7 p.m.
"I am very proud of all the girls tonight," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "I am pleased with the girls putting the 4-1 regular season loss to East Tennessee State behind them. It's always nice to put your worst loss behind you to show that you belong.
"It's nice to be in the conference semifinals for the third straight year. Hopefully we can do something against Kennesaw State this time around because somehow we are always drawing the No. 1 seed in this spot. I'm confident with our girls heading into it."
During regulation, sophomore Keri Zwikker, also a first team all-conference selection, gave the Dolphins a 1-0 advantage by scoring her nine goal of the season on a pass from Courtney Eppleman at the 58-minute mark.
The Buccaneers tied the match, less than a minute later, when Kia Kendall scored from five yards out on an assist by Jordan Monty.
After two scoreless overtimes, Zwikker hit her first penalty kick in the shootout past Buccaneers goalie Erin Bilyeu.
The Buccaneers evened the shootout session after Emily Fulcher scored on senior goalie Michelle Kmiotek.
Rachel Layer and Rebecca Murrary each scored their kicks for the Buccaneers to even the best of five shootout.
Orr, who was named second team all-conference on Nov. 1, iced the Dolphins final penalty kick attempt to earn the victory and send JU to the A-Sun semifinals.
"I'm very pleased with our penalty kicks in the match," Kouns said. "We practiced that this week and the composure showed. Our confidence in that shootout helped earn us the victory."
Fans can follow Friday's conference tournament action through live stats on the atlanticsun.org.
2006 WOMEN'S SOCCER