FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 03, 2006
JU women's soccer upsets No. 1 Kennesaw State in overtime to reach Atlantic Sun Tournament final
Nov. 3, 2006
KENNESAW, Ga. - Junior Emilie Howland scored the game-winning goal in overtime as the Jacksonville University women's soccer team downed No. 1 Kennesaw State in the Atlantic Sun Conference semifinals, 2-1, to secure a spot in the tournament final on Saturday.
The No. 5 Dolphins (10-9-1) will face No. 2 Stetson in the conference championship at 7:30 p.m. in Kennesaw, Ga.
Less than a minute into the first sudden death frame, Howland scored her third goal of the season into the lower left part of the net from an assist by sophomore Angela Hulse to send the Dolphins to their first A-Sun Championship game since 2002.
Senior Michelle Kmiotek also tied a single-game school record with a career-best 22 saves in 91 minutes to help earn the win. Kmiotek's 22 stops brings her to a school and career best total 345, while ranks third all-time in A-Sun history.
"I am extremely proud of all the girls' efforts tonight," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "It was huge coming back from a 1-0 deficit against Kennesaw State, who are the regular season champions and extremely tough to beat at home.
"When we tied the match, it took the wind out of Kennesaw and we knew that we could win it. In the huddle before overtime, the team knew we needed just one shot to win the match and that is exactly what happened."
The Owls lead initially when Laura Tucker scored from six yards out on assists from Catilin Dingle and Sara Clapham at the 27-minute mark.
Hulse tied the match on pass from freshman Regan Riley with less than two minutes remaining in the match.
The Owls had a chance to win the match in the final minute as they had Kmiotek out of position in the goal, but senior defender Kirby Hutton helped make a save off the posts to force a overtime.
"This was also a big win in the development of our young squad," said Kouns. "It was very pleasing for us to knock off a team with nine seniors and so many all-conference accolades. Since we have only 15 underclassman, the team will only get better as time goes on."
Fans can follow Saturday's conference tournament final action through live stats on the atlanticsun.org.
"Obviously, we heading into our third game in three days off two overtime matches," Kouns said. "We have to play smart against a team like Stetson and hopefully we will see good results."
2006 WOMEN'S SOCCER