SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2009
Men’s soccer knocks off #26 College of Charleston, 5-3
Senior midfielder Stefan Runeman had two second-half goals, while senior midfielder Jonathan Jackson recorded two assists and a goal to help the JU men’s soccer team down No. 26 College of Charleston, 5-3, on Sunday afternoon in the final day of the JU/Nike Invitational at the Ashley Sports Complex.
Runeman tied the match for the Dolphins (2-4-1) just less than five minutes into the second half before adding the game-winner goal in the 85th minute. Along with Jackson, sophomore forward Tyler Williams also finished with a goal and an assist, while sophomore goalie Johnny Foley (2-0-0) earned his second win between the posts with his play in the second half.
The Cougars (6-3-0) had a 3-2 halftime lead with the help of two assists from freshman midfielder Ralph Lundy, III, but sophomore goalie Michael Flato allowed three unanswered second-half goals that led to the loss. The Cougars finished the tournament allowing 10 combined goals in their two losses.
“This was a good justice for our team,” said JU head coach Mike Johnson. “We have been playing well in spurts, but were not able to put it fully together. Our guys continued to work hard and came out ready to have a good result today. We matched their intensity every step of the way, which helped us get the victory. This was a great way to close out the non-conference schedule and we look forward to getting into Atlantic Sun play on Friday.”
The Dolphins grabbed a 1-0 advantage less than a minute into the match when sophomore defender Casey Tafuri found the left corner of the net on a pass from Jackson.
Less than five minutes later, Lundy delivered a free kick that senior goalie Joey Sanchez dove to save, but the ball slipped out of his hands and senior midfielder John Bello punched it in to tie the match for the Cougars.
Williams put the Dolphins ahead again in the 21st minute after scoring in the lower right corner on a long pass from Jackson.
The Cougars tied the match at two in the 33rd minute as freshman defender Tyler Vukoder headed the ball into the goal on a corner kick attempt from Lundy.
Freshman midfielder Frannie Twohig gave College of Charleston a 3-2 advantage less than three minutes later by beating a JU defender down the right line and scoring in the lower right corner of the goal.
In the second half, Runeman tied the match for the Dolphins by scoring to the right side of the net on a penalty kick.
With less than minutes five remaining, junior forward Nedim Hrustic lifted a pass in the air over a Cougars defender to Runeman who slotted the ball in the right corner to give the Dolphins a 4-3 lead.
Jackson gave the Dolphins some insurance in the 87th minute as he scored off a deflection from a shot by Williams.
The Dolphins will open conference play on Friday at home against Stetson. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.
2009 MEN'S SOCCER