Women's soccer back in A-Sun action

Oct. 11, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Dolphins will continue their A-Sun schedule on Friday at 5 p.m. at Florida Gulf Coast in Ft. Myers, Fla. before returning home on Sunday to take on Stetson at 5 p.m. at the Ashley Sports Complex.

"We are looking forward to getting back on the field this weekend and hopefully getting another positive result," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "At this time in the conference schedule, every game matters so we need to bring our best effort against both FGCU and Stetson."

Dolphins' junior forward Keri Zwikker is 10th in the nation in points per game (2.17) and is the conference leader in goals (11), goals per game (0.92), points (26) and points per game. She also has four assists. She has moved into fourth-place all-time in JU history in goals with 35, trailing Trine Riis-Groven, who is in third-place with 38.

The Dolphins will be without freshman goalkeeper Lorna Brownlie, who recently suffered a season ending injury in practice. Brownlie was second in the conference in saves per game with 7.64, which also ranked 16th in the nation. Fellow freshman Rebecca Stott will take over the goalkeeping duties.

"We are certainly disappointed about Lorna's injury," Kouns said. "She had been in good form recently and it will be a big loss. But, at the same time, it is also a great opportunity for Reba. She has been working hard to stay sharp and she has an excellent competitive spirit. We are looking forward to seeing Reba step up and lead us for the rest of the season."

Florida Gulf Coast (7-4, 3-1 A-Sun), is its first year as a program. The Eagles are led by freshman forward Lindsey Haw, who is tied for second in the conference in points (21), points per game (1.91) and third in goals (8) and goals per game (0.73). Freshman midfielder Caytlan MacKenzie has tallied five assists and freshman goalkeeper Kirsi Keenan has kept three shutouts for head coach Jim Blankenship's squad.

Stetson is led by senior forward Sarah Stock, a 2006 A-Sun first team performer last season, whose six goals are the most of any Hatter this season. Senior defender Kelsey Kramer, who was also earned first team honors last season, leads the backline for head coach Julie Orlowski's squad.

"Both games are going to be very tough," said Kouns. "But, if we are able to come away with some points, it will go a long way in bringing us towards our first goal of the season - to make a top six finish and earn a place in the conference tournament."