Women's soccer knocked out of A-Sun tournament

Nov. 7, 2007

Box Score

KENNESAW, Ga. - The women's soccer team ended their season on Wednesday after falling 2-1, to No. 3 seed Belmont in the first round of the A-Sun tournament.

The Dolphins bid to repeat as champions was derailed, though they received inspired performances from seniors Emilie Howland and Louisa Ward, who were played their final game in a Dolphins' uniform and left their hearts on the field.

"First and foremost we have to give credit to Lisa and Belmont for a great effort this evening," said JU head coach Chris Kouns. "They defended well as a team and made the most of our mistakes. Any time you are able to do that as a team you are going to put yourself in a position to win the game and that is what they did."

After breaking up a Dolphins' pass, Bruins' forward Erica Carter scored on a breakaway in the 29th minute to give Belmont the 1-0 lead.

Shortly after, the Dolphins thought they had tied the game after a good run by freshman midfielder Elizabeth Fink led to a tap in by freshman forward Jelena Vrcelj, but Vrcelj was judged to be in an offside position and the goal was taken off the board.

The Dolphins again came close in the 40th minute, after a good stretch of passes culminated with a shot by freshman midfielder Tamara Cormier going narrowly over the bar.

The Dolphins got their way back into the game after freshman defender Devon Dowell headed in a Fink corner kick in the 70th minute, but the joy was short lived as the Bruins took regained the lead 33 seconds later after a ball across the middle was slotted home by Jayme Trocino.

Searching for an equalizer, the Dolphins piled on the pressure but were unable to breakthrough Bruins' goalkeeper Micaela Crowley who made eight saves.

"It is certainly a disappointment for us," Kouns said. "This is the first time in my four years at JU we have not won in the first round and made an appearance in the semi-finals. That was a great run for our program and it is tough to see that come to an end, especially for Louie & EJ who began that streak and see their careers end this evening. We spoke coming into the game that the keys for our success would be defending, both individual and as a team, and that our drive and competitiveness would be the at the highest point it has been all season. Even though we enjoyed a majority of the possession and had a bit better of the statistics those two short comings caught up with us."

The Dolphins finish the season 7-12-1. Junior forward Keri Zwikker tied for the A-Sun lead in goals (16) and points (37) and was named first team all-conference for the third time in her career. The Dolphins will return 23 of the 25 players from this year's team.

"Now we will try to use this as motivation this spring to work harder on those areas and make our team basis even stronger so that we can bounce back next year. The sign of a good team is how they deal with adversity and now that we are faced with some adversity it is up to us how we go forth from here!"