SATURDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2008
Men's soccer falls to Campbell rally, 2-1
For the first 60 minutes of Saturday’s match, the JU men’s soccer team seemed to be in control in its rematch of the 2007 Atlantic Sun Conference tournament final against Campbell.
But the final 30 minutes went to the Camels (6-5, 4-0 A-Sun), as Campbell put up two goals and controlled the action during that span for a 2-1 win and broke a tie for first place in the A-Sun standings.
Having just tied the game nine minutes earlier, Richard Jata’s shot across the face of the goal off a Bryan Dornseif pass found the back of the net – sending the Camels bench into celebration with just over 12 minutes left in regulation.
“This was a tough loss to a very good Campbell team,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “We let our guard down in the final third of the game and you can’t do that against a team that is as dangerous as they are.”
The Dolphins (6-7, 3-1 A-Sun) were outshot by Campbell 16-11, with the Camels holding a 10-6 edge in the second half. JU goalkeeper Joey Sanchez (6-3) saw his three-match winning streak come to an end after making nine saves.
Campbell goalkeeper Aaron Johnson (6-5) got the win, making four saves with two in each half.
JU got on the board first, just eight minutes into the match when Stefan Runeman nailed a shot into upper left hand corner on a penalty kick from 22 yards out.
The match stayed that way until halftime and 24 minutes into the second half before the Camels tied the match. Josue Soto booted home a direct kick from 20 yards out off a JU penalty to tie the game with just over 20 minutes remaining in regulation.
Jacksonville’s physical play came back to bite them as the Dolphins committed 24 fouls to Campbell’s 13.
“We made a lot of mistakes at crucial times, especially on fouls,” Johnson said. “We were fortunate to dodge some bullets in the first half, but you can’t give teams like Campbell a direct kick that close to the box.”
The Dolphins are off until Friday when they travel to face Stetson. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
2008 MEN'S SOCCER