TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 01, 2009
Men’s soccer season opener at FAU cancelled due to rain
The JU men’s soccer team couldn’t game plan against Mother Nature as thunderstorms cancelled the Dolphins’ season-opening match at Florida Atlantic on Tuesday evening. No makeup date has been announced.

The Dolphins got to a quick 3-0 lead in the first half on a pair of goals from junior forward Nedim Hrustic and a score from freshman midfielder David Santa Maria. The match was delayed at half time for more than two hours before it was officially cancelled.

JU and Florida Atlantic needed to hit the 70th minute for the match to become official.

“I was pleased with the effort we showed today,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “We created several scoring opportunities and played well defense. Overall, you can’t account for severe thunderstorms some days. We are excited about how we played in the match and looked forward to carrying this momentum into the weekend.”

Hrustic put the Dolphins on the board in the 19th minute when he beat the Owls keeper to the right corner of the goal on a cross from senior midfielder Jonathan Jackson. Less than eight minutes later, sophomore midfielder Matt Wallace slide a pass behind the defense that Hrustic knocked in the left corner of the net. Santa Maria capped off the half with his first collegiate goal on an assist from Hrustic.

The Dolphins return to action on Friday against Winthrop for the Coaches for a Cure Classic in Boiling Springs, N.C. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m.