Men’s soccer falls to Gardner-Webb, 3-2
Senior midfielder Jonathan Jackson had an assist for the second consecutive game en route to earning all-tournament honors
Senior midfielder Jonathan Jackson had an assist for the second consecutive game en route to earning all-tournament honors
The second half woes continued for the JU men’s soccer team as Gardner-Webb scored twice in the final frame to earn a 3-2 victory to close out the Soccer for a Cure Classic on Sunday afternoon in Boiling Springs, N.C.

The Bulldogs (3-0) got a pair of goals from Gerard Hefferon in the first 10 minutes of the second half to earn the victory and the tournament title. Romeo Kabanda had both assists on Hefferon’s goal to help the cause.

Senior midfielder Riley Butler and sophomore midfielder Andy Mikeska each had a goal for the Dolphins (0-2) in the final 10 minutes of the match, but JU couldn’t overcome the deficit.

“This wasn’t a great weekend for us,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “We didn’t play the second half as well as I wanted again today. I liked how we fought back late, but we dug ourselves too much into a hole. We have to work on playing two compete halves to get a victory. I’m confident we can work past our miscues from this weekend and be back ready to go by next Saturday.”

Gardner-Webb took a 1-0 advantage in the 37th minute of the first half when Eric Asanin Miroux scored off a rebound in the lower right corner of the goal.

In the second half, Kabanda laced a ball from a corner off the post, which Jovan Ivanoivch caught on the ricochet and passed to Hefferon, who knocked the ball in from the front of the net.

Less than eight minutes later, Hefferon scored his second goal of the game in front of the net from a cross pass by Kabanda.

The Dolphins got on the board in the 80th minute after Butler scored in the left corner of the goal on a pass by senior midfielder Jonathan Jackson.

In the 85th minute, Mikeska added his first collegiate goal on a header inside a crowded box to cut into the deficit. The Dolphins got one last shot in the final minute of the match from junior forward Connor Vogel, but it was saved by Bulldog’s goalie Trent Kozman.

Kozman (3-0) finished with four saves in the win, while senior goalie Joey Sanchez (0-2) made three stops for the Dolphins.

Despite the loss, the Dolphins had Jackson, junior forward Nedim Hrustic and senior midfielder Stefan Runeman each earn all-tournament honors.

The Dolphins return to action on Saturday, Sept. 12, against UCF for the home opener at the Ashley Sports Complex. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.