Women's soccer hosts Fourth Annual Kick Out Cancer Tournament

Sept. 6, 2007


Kick Out Cancer Tournament History
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The JU women's soccer teams hosts the Fourth Annual Kick Out Cancer Tournament this weekend at the Ashley Sports Complex and will donate proceeds from the event to cancer research.

"We are also anxious to make a more immediate impact on the fight against cancer with our tournament donation, said Kouns. "At the conclusion of the tournament, we will turn in half gate receipts and all of the donations collected at the tournament. To put it simply, it takes money to carry on the fight and defeat this disease."

The tournament will kick off Friday at 5 p.m. at with Stetson taking on Coastal Carolina. JU will complete the opening day at 7 p.m. against Baylor. Action will resume on Sunday with Stetson facing Baylor at noon and JU squaring off against Coastal Carolina at 2 p.m.

"We are very excited about the three teams participating in the Kick Out Cancer Tournament this weekend," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "Outside of the excellent soccer competition we hope that the players and coaches on these teams will proudly wear their Kick Out Cancer t-shirts and throughout their travels. If they cross the country wearing our cause on their backs, and that encourages people to ask them about the tournament, it will bring more notice to the fight against cancer and the tournament will be even more of a success."

The Dolphins (1-1) come in after splitting two games last weekend. They opened the 2007 season with a 4-2 victory over Presbyterian before falling in double-overtime thriller to Indiana, 4-3. Junior forward Keri Zwikker led the way for the Dolphins, scoring four goals and adding an assist en route to being named a top performer in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Freshman midfielder Elizabeth Fink is second on the team in points, scoring one goal and adding two assists.

Baylor is undefeated in their three games this season, coming in with a 2-0-1 record. Junior forward Amanda McGrath leads the way for head coach George Van Linder's squad, scoring one goal and adding three assists this season for the Bears.

For Coastal Carolina, senior midfielder Ashleigh Gunning has provided all the scoring for the Chanticleers with two goals this season. Head coach Rohan Naraine's squad will look to rebound after an 0-2 start, though one of their losses came to No. 20 Clemson.

Stetson (1-0), who will not face the Dolphins this weekend, opened the 2007 season with a 3-2 win over Presbyterian. Senior forward Sarah Stock scored two goals for head coach Julie Orlowski's squad.

"In terms of soccer it is a great weekend for fans to come out and watch," Kouns said. "Anytime you have teams who made the Big 12 Tournament, the Big South Tournament and the A-Sun Tournament championship, it is going to be good soccer.

"It is also an excellent chance to see the way that teams from other parts of the country play the game. The ultimate goal for everyone is to make the NCAA tournament and this is just the type of playing environment which can help us prepare for that experience."