JU women's soccer kicks off the 2007 regular season this weekend

Aug. 30, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU women's soccer team opens the 2007 regular season at The Ashley Sports Complex this weekend, hosting Presbyterian on Friday at 7 p.m., and Indiana on Sunday at noon.

"We are very excited to get the real season underway," said head coach Chris Kouns. "We have two quality opponents both with excellent coaching." The Dolphins return 15 letterwinners from last year's Atlantic Sun championship squad, including the inaugural conference preseason MVP, junior forward Keri Zwikker.

In two seasons with the Dolphins, Zwikker has tallied 24 goals and racked up 61 points in 43 career games. She is a two-time first team all-conference selection and was named "Freshman of the Year" by the conference in 2005

Joining Zwikker on the coaches' preseason all-conference team is junior defender Katie Orr, who started 22 games last season as a sophomore and earned second team all-conference honors.

Friday's game will mark the first Division I game for Presbyterian, as they make the transition from Division II. The Blue Hose are led by junior goalkeeper Erin Sinkuler, who was ever present in the net last season and earned South Atlantic Conference all-tournament team honors.

The game against Indiana will be a reunion of sorts for Dolphin sophomore Krissy Toth. Toth, along with Indiana players Jessica Boots, Christie Kotynsky, Kristin Arnold, Natalie O'Bryan, and Nikki Bonacorsi were members of the Carmel United Cyclones under-19 squad that won the United States Youth Soccer Association National Championship on July 29.

Indiana returns 15 letterwinners, including six starters from last year's team that finished fourth in the Big 10.

"This weekend should provide our team with a great challenge," Kouns said. "That is exactly what we want to start our season off with."

The Dolphins will host the fourth annual Kick-Out Cancer Tournament next weekend, playing games against Baylor and Coastal Carolina on Friday and Sunday respectively.