THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2008
Men’s soccer starts final road trip with Stetson on Friday
The JU men’s soccer team will pack its suitcases one final time as the Dolphins start their final regular-season road trip on Friday against Stetson in DeLand, Fla. at 7 p.m.
The Dolphins (6-7, 3-1) wrap the weekend in Fort Myers against Florida Gulf Coast on Sunday at 1 p.m. JU officially wraps the road portion of its schedule on Sunday, Oct. 25 against cross-town rival UNF at 7 p.m.
With five Atlantic Sun matches left to play, the Dolphins are tied for second place with UNF in the conference standings, while Campbell holds a one game lead in first place.
“We have another big week ahead of us,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “We are still in a good position to achieve our goal of winning the A-Sun. A lot of things can happen in five matches, so we need to take care of what we can control. Stetson and Florida Gulf Coast are quality teams and we need to play our best against them.”
The Dolphins split a pair of A-Sun matches last week for the first time this season. On Oct. 9, senior forward Ramak Niakan Safi came off the bench to score the game-winning goal for the Dolphins in a 1-0 win against Mercer.
JU carried the momentum over against Campbell a day later as the Dolphins jumped to a 1-0 lead from first half goal by junior defender Stefan Runeman. The lead disappeared in the second half as the Camels scored two goals in the final 20 minutes to earn a 2-1 victory and take sole possession on first place in the A-Sun.
Runeman currently leads the team in scoring with four goals, while Niakan Safi and sophomore forward Wesley Lartey have each added four scores this season.
Senior goalie Joey Sanchez ranks second in the A-Sun in goals against average (0.85) and save percentage (.774). Sanchez is also tied for the conference lead in shutouts with three.
The Hatters (4-4-2, 1-1-1) head into the match up following a 1-0 win at Florida Gulf Coast on Oct. 11. The Eagles (2-8-1, 0-3-0) have dropped three consecutive A-Sun matches to start conference play and are winless since Sept. 21.
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