Women's soccer takes on UNF in River City Rumble

Oct. 30, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU women's soccer team (7-10-1, 5-4-1 A-Sun) takes on cross-town rivals North Florida on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Hodges Stadium in this year's installment of the SunTrust River City Rumble.

Fresh off a 3-2 victory over Lipscomb that clinched their place in the Atlantic Sun Tournament, the Dolphins will be looking to improve their seeding and avenge last season's 3-1 defeat to the Ospreys.

"We are looking forward to finishing the regular season off against an always tough UNF squad," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "They have shown themselves to be stout opponents this year in conference play and we know it will be a real challenge for us to go to UNF and try to get a result. Hopefully we will be able to ride some of the momentum from this weekend and we get the win to finish our conference regular season with a 6-4-1 record. If we are able to do that it will be the best regular season conference finish in the last four years and should give us a boost as we head to the conference tournament next week and defend our 2006 A-Sun Conference Tournament Championship."

The Dolphins are the reigning tournament champions, having defeated ETSU, Kennesaw State, and Stetson in three consecutive days last season.

Junior forward Keri Zwikker is leading the conference in points (37), points per game (2.06), goals (16) and goals per game (0.89). She is eighth in the nation in goals per game and ninth in points per game. She now has 40 goals in her Dolphins career and is in second-place all time in the JU record book, passing Marit Foss who scored 39 goals from 1997-2000. Stine Kloster had 53 goals in her career which also lasted from 1997-2000. Her 98 career points tie her for third all time with Trine Riis-Groven, who played from 1998-2000.

UNF (6-11-1, 5-5 A-Sun) is led by junior midfielder Elizabeth Gowan who has six goals and one assist on the season. Junior goalkeeper Rachael Howard has made 84 saves for head coach Linda Hamilton's squad.

The SunTrust River City Rumble is a season-long series between Jacksonville's two Division I institutions - JU and North Florida that was founded in fall 2005. The two schools battle annually for the "SunTrust Old Wooden Barrel," which is awarded to the school with the most victories over the other during a school year. The standings currently are tied at one apiece, with both games coming down to the wire. The Ospreys won the men's soccer matchup in double overtime and the Dolphins emerged victorious in volleyball after five games.

This is the final regular season match for the Dolphins before they embark on defending their title on Nov. 7-10 in Kennesaw, Ga.