FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2009
Men’s soccer adds four players for 2009
The JU men’s soccer team added more depth to its already talented roster by announcing four additions for the 2009 season.

Joining the Dolphins in the fall will be defender Filip Terland (Djursholm, Sweden), striker Michael Mecerod (Long Island, N.Y.), midfielder Davide Faga (Frankfurt Germany) and striker Tyler Williams (Tallahassee, Fla.).

“I’m really excited about this group,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “Obviously, this is a very talented group because they all come from winning backgrounds. They will not only make us stronger, but also add more depth to our roster. We hope they will come make an immediate impact for us as we try to win another Atlantic Sun title and earn a trip back to the NCAA tournament.”

Terland heads to Jacksonville after playing with one of the top amateur squads in Sweden-the AIK youth team. He also has spent time with the Swedish youth national team.

“Filip is a very good technical player,” said Johnson. “He is good in the air and a strong organizer on the backline. We hope that he will bring our backline to a new level.”

Mecerod played for Georgia Perimeter College over the last two seasons and led the Jaguars to consecutive appearances in the National Championship apperances. He paced the offense with 12 goals and 12 assists in 2008 to earn Junior College All-America honors.

“Michael is a complete player,” said Johnson. “He has good technical ability and a quality goal scorer. Our vision for him is to help make us a more dangerous offensive team with his abilities.”

Faga has spent the last few seasons playing within the Germany’s youth national team programs. He played for the Bayern Munich youth team and spent time with the U-15 and U-16 German national squads. Faga also played for the German national team at the prestigious “Dallas Cup.”

“Davide is a very creative and dynamic attacking midfielder,” Johnson said. “He will bring a high level of experience that will be fit iinto our scheme of things. Davide’s strong attacking skills will also be an asset to our goal-scoring productivity.”

Williams returns to his home state after spending the last two seasons playing for the Clemson men’s soccer team. He appeared in 11 games and took three shots in 2008 as a redshirt freshman. Williams has also played with current Dolphin Tony Taylor in the Florida ODP program.

“Tyler is a very athletic striker,” said Johnson. “He has good speed, 1-on-1 ability and a nose for the goal. Tyler will add another dimension to our attack.”

The Dolphins had another banner season in 2008 by win 10 or more matches for the second consecutive year with a 12-9-1 overall record and had a 7-2 tally in A-Sun play. JU also sent a program-best seven players to the all-conference team.

The Dolphins learned the true meaning of resilience at the A-Sun tournament by rallying to take down Lipscomb and No. 1 seed Campbell to win the conference title. JU was down 3-1 in the championship match to the arch-nemesis Camels, but scored three second half goals to take a 4-3 win and the Dolphins first automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament since 1998. In the NCAA Tournament, JU played comeback kids again by rallying for a 4-3 overtime win at Louisville before falling to eventual national runner up North Carolina, 1-0.