Women's soccer defeats Florida Gulf Coast in 4-3 thriller

Oct. 12, 2007

Box Score

Ft. Myers, Fla. - JU women's soccer team defeated Florida Gulf Coast by a score of 4-3 Friday night in Ft. Myers, Fla.

After JU jumped out to a 3-1 lead, the Eagles fought their way back into the game and leveled it at 3-3, only to see Dolphins' junior forward Keri Zwikker do what she does best - score big goals.

"Jim and Mario changed their strategy a little bit," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "They put players forward and they responded and put us in a hard spot. To our girls credit we recovered and were able to win the game.

"We were very pleased with the result, especially considering the adversity we faced. Knowing we gave away a two goal lead and coming back to win the game was a big step for our team. It was another win in the conference on the road, which makes us 3-0."

Senior midfielder Emilie Howland opened the scoring for the Dolphins with her first goal of the season after her 40-yard blast found the net in the 13th minute. Junior defender Lauren Haynes picked up her second assist of the season on the goal.

The Eagles leveled the game in the minute from a goal from Amber Mcall, which was assisted by Lindsay Haw and Jessica Zabel.

Zwikker's first goal gave the Dolphins the 2-1 half-time advantage after she intercepted a throw-in and put the ball past freshman goalkeeper Kirsi Keenan.

Freshman midfielder Jelena Vrcelj made it 3-1 after she calmly finished after being put through on goal by sophomore forward Krissy Toth in the 61st minute.

Kelly Sherriff then got two assists in 11 minutes to tie the game 3-3. She set up Kathleen Hunter in the 65th minute and Haw in the 76th.

Zwikker grabbed the game-winner in the 86th minute after she finished off a pass from freshman midfielder Elizabeth Fink.

"We still have to work on protecting our leads and putting teams away," said Kouns. It is a coaching issue I will address in training next week after the Stetson game. Obviously, Sunday's game is going to be very physical. After falling tonight, Stetson is going to be even more hungry and aggressive looking for a win. I think that is going to prove a real challenge for our kids to try to meet their intensity and get another win."

Freshman goalkeeper Rebecca Stott made two saves in her first career victory. "Reba did very well in the net. She responded well for her to be tossed into action in a conference road game and the girls responded well playing for her."

The Dolphins will take on Stetson at 5 p.m. on Sunday at the Ashley Sports Complex.